The aerodynamic and structural benefits of the oblique flying wing translate directly into better aircraft operating economy.

The oblique flying wing was directly compared with conventional supersonic and sub­sonic transports based on operating economy for a range of missions with specified performance and environmental constraints. All aircraft were evaluated with the same analysis routines and to the same level of structural, aerodynamic and propulsion technology comparable of that achieved by the new generation of subsonic transports. In terms of direct operating costs, oblique flying wings with more than 400 passengers were superior to conventional wing-body configurations over the entire Mach 0.8 to Mach 2.0 operating range The improvement was smaller than the uncertainty of the analysis at Mach 0.8. but more than a factor of two at super­sonic speeds up to Mach 2.0. Unlike conventional delta wing transports it will be possible to design oblique flying wings for payloads up to 600 passengers and ranges up to 12000 km (6700nm) while satisfying current economic, performance and environmental requirements.

Table 6 compares a 400 passenger OFW and a 747*400.


В 747-400

Cruise speed

M 1.6

M 0.85


9000 km

10300 km


Wing Area



cabin 1 x w (m)

39.2 x 7.5


total 1 x w (m)

120 x 14.5



OE (kg)






SLS Thrust (kN)



Price (1994)

285 MS

140 MS

Production (scat. km. year)

3.0 x 109

1.8 x 109

Est. Total Operating costs

9 Set / pax. nm

9 Set /pax. nm

Table 6 Comparison of an OFW with a 747-400

Figure 137 to Figure 139 compare the total operating cost of optimized oblique flying wings with other optimized aircraft configurations.



Подпись: Figure 137Comparison of TOC’s as a Function of Range

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Figure 138 Comparison of TOC’s as a Function of Speed


Figure 139 Comparison of TOC’s as a Function of Size

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The author would like to thank all his cotlegues at Stanford. NASA Ames and Daimler-Benz Aerospace Airbus who contributed to this project, especially Herbcn Sadowski for his work on the layout and the drawings and Dr. Steve Morris for his contributions to the stability and control part of this paper.

19.9 Conclusion

This paper shows that the oblique flying wing is a technologically and economically feasible transport.

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