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Airborne-NextGen 08.22.23: MD-90 Becomes X-66A, BWB Prototype, Drone Search

Also: Iranian Drones, Eve eVTOL, AEA Q2/23 Avionics Report, NBAA on AAM

Boeing is making ready to modify an MD-90 narrow-body airliner—transforming the machine radically for purpose of testing the company’s Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) architecture under the auspices of NASA's Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project.

Upon completion of an extensive series of structural modifications, the MD-90 will emerge as the X-66A. JetZero has benefitted from a US Air Force award of $235-million to build an airliner-scale, piloted, Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator in partnership with Northrop-Grumman and Scaled Composites. The funds will be distributed over a four-year period culminating, presumably, in a 2027 first-flight. The planned aircraft will be assembled at Scaled Composites’s Mojave, California facility and powered, ostensibly, by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW100-series Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. An 18-year-old hiker gone missing in North Carolina’s Crowders Mountain State Park was rescued by Gaston County police officers. park rangers, his fellow-hikers, and a number of drones. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-NextGen!!!

Airborne-NextGen 08.22.23 is chock full of info in this Weekly News Episode, Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Holland Lee, Sophie Hurlock, Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, and Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, this episode covers:

  • Boeing Prepares to Transform MD-90 Into X-66A
  • USAF Selects JetZero to Build BWB Prototype
  • Lost Hiker Found with Help from Drones
  • Israeli Strike Forces Russian Drone Technicians to Shelter in Iranian Hotel
  • Eve eVTOL and DHL Join Hands for Supply Chain Concept
  • AEA Releases 2023 Q2 Avionics Market Report
  • NBAA Weighs in on Milestone AAM Efforts

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