Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Flying (passenger) wing

Northrop is considering the future of the B2 bomber converted to passenger service.

Not that they haven't had experience in this sort of thing before.


Cthel said...

Whilst I like the idea of flying-wing airliners, I am disappointed that this proposal doesn't include the splendid observation windows at the front and back of the original proposal.

I also can't help being slightly concerned that the passenger module appears to be slotted into the bomb bay - unless this is a new method to drop passengers off without landing, in true Gernsback fashion...

eon said...


I'm also a bit put out at the lack of windows, but most airline passengers today never look outside anyway.

Laptops, Ipods, Blackberries, etc., plus the traditional inflight films and the newer back-of-the-seat-in-front-of-you TV, have pretty much locked up the attention spans of most frequent flyers.

As far as air travel being something to actually experience, most airline passengers today might as well be taking a taxi.

Which somehow reminds me of the story "The Marching Morons" by Frederick Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth. Not pleasantly, either.