Lockheed envisions ultra long-range hydrogen jet

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    Lockheed has released conceptual images of a new aircraft inspired the Bar-tailed Godwit, a bird that makes the longest known non-stop flight without stopping to feed (7,258 miles to be exact). The Stratoliner concept is said to boast an equally impressive range thanks to its hydrogen-powered engines.

    The concept employs massive wings to generate gobs of lift, while its zero-emission engine system, comprised of four Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines, helps to maximize the Stratoliner’s range. Although Lockheed hasn’t given a specific distance, the company has said will be capable of circumnavigating the globe without the need to stop for fuel.

    http://www.techi.com/2011/09/lockheed-envisions-ultra-long-range-hydrogen-jet/
     
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    I give them an A for conceptualizing it. Given those wings and especially their droop and clearance at the tips I have my doubts we'll see something this revolutionary anytime in our lifetimes.
     
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    I had to double check to see what a Romulan Warbird looked like, just in case. :D

    Very exciting design! The only downside I see is what happens to the wings on a hard landing as they are very close to the ground!
     
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    On paper or in real life? Are they actually planning to build this? I have my doubts...
     
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    Agreed...look at how close that wing is to the ground :eek:
     
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    And when did Lockheed design/build their last commercial airliner? Wasn't that the L-1011?
     
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    I actually had to google that to see what it was.
     
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    My first transatlantic flight in 1989 was on a BA Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, if memory serves right. :D
     
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