Despite early problems, the 787 Dreamliner has turned out to be a pretty
awesome plane. But there’s a story
floating around the internet that there’s another new plane that Boeing is set
to introduce in the near future. Called the 797, it allegedly has the ability
to seat 1,000 pax and is shaped like a flying wing.
It’s not a new story, but is
it a true story? The initial image of the Boeing 797 that began floating around
the internet around the turn of the century looks very
That’s because the image was
created professionally. Website Occupy Theory
reports that it was created by Embassy Visual Effects for Popular Science in a
2003 issue that examined the future of aircraft. The entire image is made from
computer graphics software.
That doesn’t mean Boeing
isn’t looking at the blended wing design for the future of aircraft. They have
an experimental aircraft that is unmanned and experimental that looks a lot
like the alleged Boeing 797.
What makes the Boeing 797
hoax so believable is that the physics behind the design are very real. The
blended wing design has several structural advantages compared to the
traditional fixed wing aircraft that are used for commercial flight today.
Aerodynamic and operating efficiencies would allow the blended wing body to fly
further and use less fuel than traditional aircraft. The structure itself is
more reliable and stable while in the air.
In fact, Boeing was going to develop a blended wing commercial aircraft in its
20 year commercial plan, but found in initial testing of the design that pax
didn’t like it at all. Seating for the conceptual plane was theatre-style and
allowed for very few window seats.
The design of the bogus
Boeing 797 is pretty intriguing. For all practical purposes, however, the only
thing is just a hoax. A hoax that has been debunked on Snopes.com and on Hoax-Slayer.com.