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Frontiers December 2012/January 2013 Issue

“A lot of very smart people have improved on the design over the years. It’s been a diverse team of people who have openly exchanged ideas and challenged one another.” – Blaine Rawdon, co-creator of the Blended Wing Body concept reasons for doing that,” Liebeck said. “But have been closely associated with the program, having wanted to work on when we tested it in this configuration, we program. Most engineers working on the Blended Wing Body development since found, lo and behold, it was quieter.” Blended Wing Body are also involved he was a graduate student at Virginia Well over 100 employees have in other projects. Tech. He said employees working on the participated in the Blended Wing Body Mike Kisska, who has served as program often have stepped forward to program since it began at Boeing heritage Boeing project manager for both the volunteer, since “everybody wants to company McDonnell Douglas more X-48B and X-48C, is responsible for work on the newest, coolest thing.” than two decades ago. The team has ensuring that flight tests at NASA Dryden Kisska said the Blended Wing Body ranged in size from 10 to 20 people and engineering work at Huntington team is highly dedicated, with a strong over the years, though there have been Beach, Calif., all come together. Kisska, attachment to the program that keeps times when as many as 40 people 42, is delighted by his role in the them fully engaged. 22 BOEING FRONTIERS / DECEMBER 2012–JANUARY 2013


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