Held in the Guam
operating area June 19-23, the exercise includes 28 Naval
vessels including three carrier strike groups.
Now this is an AIRPLANE!!!
this new aircraft....
797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380.
killed its 747X stretched super jumbo in 2003 after little
interest was shown by airline companies, but has
The Airbus A380 has been in the works since 1999 and accumulated $13 billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage now that Airbus has committed to the older style tubular aircraft for decades to come.
There are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most important being lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an amazing 50%, with overall weight reduced 25%, making it an estimated 33% more efficient than the A380, and making Airbus's $13 billion dollar investment look shaky.
High body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft. It reduces turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 8,800 nautical mile range with 1,000 passengers flying comfortably at mach 0.88 or 654 mph (+-1046km/h) cruising speed; another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed A380's 570 mph (912 km/h).