US Air Force chief scientist Mark Mayberry briefed the AirVenture symposium on the future of electric flight this morning, allowing your blogger the pleasure of one of our favorite games: Spot the funny-looking aircraft on the AFRL briefing slides! Hey, it’s one way to survive death-by-PowerPoint.
1. F-X is the new name for the USAF’s very preliminary programme (see this story) to replace the Lockheed Martin F-22, and here’s the picture that Mayberry used to illustrate it. I haven’t seen this one before. Can anybody place it?
2. Boeing’s well-publicized concept design for a next generation air dominance fighter, another F-X candidate, illustrated the slide about the INVENT programme (see more on this here).
3. We’re pretty sure we’ve seen this on AFRL slides before, but here it was labeled a “fractionated and survivable” unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Mayberry’s presentation. Perhaps an early concept for MQ-X?
4. We all know about the Long Range Strike (LRS) programme, but were you aware there is apparently an “LRSII” and “LRSIII” programme?
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