From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Bowery) Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: 13 Sep 96 03:03:37 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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The oblique flying wing SST (aka oblique all wing SST) is still my favorite even though its primary proponent and inventor, R.T. Jones, has given up on the entire idea of supersonic civil transport as an economic mode of travel. The typical designs are clearly too fuel inefficient to make it and Jones thinks that even his Mach 1.5-2.0 design can't be made with low enough drag (already much lower than other concepts). He says just invest the money in making the 747 more pleasant for long-durations. Jones worked on this thing for most of his life. It is sad to see him flirt with defeat. The detractors of the OFW must be feeling mixed emotions about the situation (although I'm sure a few are quite self-congratulatory). A colleague and I have found what we believe is a modification (obvious in retrospect, of course) that renders an OFW transpacific airfare about half the cost that Jones thought would be the economic limit. The other disadvantages of the OFW may kill it anyway, but I don't see any reason to believe that fuel costs will be the show-stopper that Jones currently thinks they will. -- The promotion of politics exterminates apolitical genes in the population. The promotion of frontiers gives apolitical genes a route to survival. Change the tools and you change the rules.