Could an updated airplane design from the 30's and 40's be more efficient than the BWB? According to a new study from the University of Toronto, the answer is yes. U of Toronto Lifting Fuselage Study:
The lifting fuselage configuration, made famous by Texas-born Vincent Burnelli in the pioneering days of aviation, could now be a viable option to the tube and wing. With the advent of the newest composites, this ultra-wide airfoil body could change the face of aviation for a long time to come. With the proper design, it would outperform the BWB by a significant margin.
It's been 70 years since NACA showed the unique qualities of the lifting fuselage in a pre-WWII bomber design. This new study vindicates the design and the designer. The great lifting capacity of the design makes an electric option more sensible than in the skinny tube and wing designs. Vote for this great advancement and a better, cleaner, safer future of aviation. Uses include civilian or military from drones to super tankers. This design can be configured for all these uses.