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X-48 Project Completes Flight Research for Cleaner, Quieter Aircraft

The unique X-48B Blended Wing Body subscale demonstrator banks over desert scrub at Edwards AFB. NASA photo / Carla Thomas

EDWARDS, Calif — NASA’s remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft, which demonstrates technology concepts for cleaner and quieter commercial air travel, completed an eight-month flight research campaign on April 9.

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NASA And Boeing Fly Their Prototype X-48C For The First Time

Boeing's prototype X-48C took to the skies for the first time Tuesday, performing a 9-minute test flight over NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. Photo Credit: NASA/Boeing

Boeing’s prototype X-48C took to the skies for the first time Tuesday, performing a 9-minute test flight over NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. Photo Credit: NASA/Boeing

On August 7, 2011, NASA and Boeing successfully flew their experimental X-48C aircraft over NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at [...]