In an earlier post we linked to Aviation Week writer Bill Sweetman's discussions of the Air Force's manned bomber plans. The magazine had earlier written about the Boeing-Lockheed Martin teaming arrangement, which the Star-Telegram reported.
Here's a concept drawing of what a Boeing-Lockheed Martin next generation bomber might look like. Not your father's B-52, or even the much ballyhooed FB-22. Anybody else notice the resemblance to the B-2, or the Boeing and Northrop Grumman UCAS (unmanned combat aerial system) demonstrator aircraft?
Somewhere in the great beyond Jack Northrop, father of the flying wing concept, must be smiling as his concepts gain ground. Here is an excellent report on Northrop's XB-35 and XB-49 flying wing development efforts.
In an earlier post on Aviation Week's Ares blog, Sweetman suggested that someone - apparently Northrop Grumman - may already be working on a black, or heavily classified next generation bomber prototype.
- Bob Cox