Boeing displays manned F/A-XX concept jet

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  1. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Boeing displays manned F/A-XX concept jet

    By Stephen Trimble


    Boeing Phantom Works has released a new concept image for a "sixth-generation" fighter to replace the F/A-18E/F fleet after 2025.
    The two-seat, twin-engined tailless concept jet is being offered for F/A-XX, a notional US Navy strategy that has not yet become a formal requirement. Although the image shows a tandem cockpit, Boeing says the aircraft could be manned or unmanned "depending on the missions assigned and technology maturity".

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    Boeing's latest concept image for F/A-XX

    The new image features a blended wing and a conventional fighter shape from the cockpit area to the nose. An older Boeing concept drawing for F/A-XX released in June 2008 featured a tailless flying-wing design. The USN revealed last year that it is considering both manned and unmanned aircraft for F/A-XX, with subsonic cruising speed and up to 50h endurance.

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  3. venom

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    It was MCA which was the 1st fighter to have a tailless delta & now Boeing has come up with a similar concept
     
  4. John

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    ok tailess concepts have been around for a while, did we forget the B-2, the F/A-XX looks more like a bomber. MCA for now is not a tailless concept, that idea is old...the current MCA wind tunnel model looks more like a mix. between f-22/f-35. Needless to say the MCA looks sexy.
     
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    Hmm thank you. A good read. Just wonder how much it would cost to make and all the R&D for it. The top design looks so much better. The lower one just reminds me more of the B-2.

    I agree with you John. The MCA looks a whole lot better then the design before.
     

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