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For Release: Dec. 4, 1997

Janice Johnson
(757) 864-6123

RELEASE NO. 97-130

EVOLUTION OF THE BLENDED-WING-BODY SUBSONIC TRANSPORT

Challenges like tripling of passenger air travel from 1995 to 2015 and pressures on the aircraft industry to produce lower ticket prices while remaining economically viable have prompted the aviation industry to study revolutionary technologies. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Robert Liebeck, a Senior Fellow at The Boeing Company, Long Beach, will present the Blended-Wing-Body concept currently under study.

The Blended-Wing-Body is a thick "flying wing" which would carry 800 passengers more than 7000 miles in a double-deck compartment that blends into the wing - almost twice the capacity of a Boeing 747-400. Adjacent to the passenger section is room for baggage and cargo. By integrating engines, wing, and body into a single lifting surface, the overall efficiency will be maximized.

Liebeck has been instrumental in the application of "flying wing" technology to the subsonic passenger aircraft. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering. Liebeck has received numerous awards and this year was a keynote speaker to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety & Security.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Boulevard in Hampton. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Janice Johnson (757) 864-6123. Liebeck's talk begins at 2 p.m.

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