"At Mach2 it was quite literally ‘faster than a speeding bullet’. It could carry 100 passengers in style. So was Concorde the best plane that the aviation industry has ever built? And just why is there no modern replacement? Concorde flies faster than the speed of rotation of the earth. It’s like a time machine. If the plane leaves..."read more | digg story
Boeing's new X-48B is aviation stripped down to the basics — all wing, with no tail and no distinct fuselage. Slated to begin test flights this year, the Blended Wing Body (BWB) prototype measures just 21 ft. across but may herald an era of truly massive heavy lifters, with enough internal volume to hold vast amounts of cargo and as many as 800 passengers.
On Wednesday afternoon, Soghoian received a letter from the TSA informing him that the agency is conducting its own investigation into the allegation that he "attempted to circumvent an established civil aviation security program established in the Transportation Security Regulations."read more | digg story