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X-48C research aircraft wraps up test flights

Boeing's X-48C Blended Wing Body makes its final flight April 9

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Boeing's X-48C Blended Wing Body makes its final flight April 9 at NASA's Dryden Flight research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, 2013, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept.

All 30 flights were conducted at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-48C typically flew for approximately 30 minutes on most flights, reaching speeds of up to 140 miles per hour and attaining an altitude of about 10,000 feet. X-48C flight testing began Aug. 7, 2012.

Boeing and NASA will continue to develop Blended Wing Body technology, with the aspiration of developing a larger-scale, transonic BWB demonstrator in the future.

For a more in-depth look at the X-48C, check out Boeing’s Innovation Video Series.