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Boeing has been toying with a blended wing passenger aircraft for some time. There are some considerations once we want to put people in one of these things that don't come up when they are bombers and freighters.

People like to be able to see out, through real windows. Or at least have one nearby. It's a real psychological hurdle, believe it or not.

People don't like to sit too far out from the aircraft's roll center. They get kinda squeamish when the ship banks very much. So, they have to sit towards the center - no windows. Cargo goes outboard, but doesn't need windows... hmm...

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Boeing has been toying with a blended wing passenger aircraft for some time. There are some considerations once we want to put people in one of these things that don't come up when they are bombers and freighters.

People like to be able to see out, through real windows. Or at least have one nearby. It's a real psychological hurdle, believe it or not.

People don't like to sit too far out from the aircraft's roll center. They get kinda squeamish when the ship banks very much. So, they have to sit towards the center - no windows. Cargo goes outboard, but doesn't need windows... hmm...

So keep them close to the roll axis and give them a wall with virtual windows. Freight goes outboard. Don't bother about real windows. The hull should be cheaper and lighter ofsetting the cost and weight of the screens.
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So keep them close to the roll axis and give them a wall with virtual windows. Freight goes outboard. Don't bother about real windows. The hull should be cheaper and lighter ofsetting the cost and weight of the screens.
Given the mindsets that are prevalent these days, give them a tablet sized screen with Candy Crush and Netflix. They will be fine. And if they *****, remind them that oceanliners are mostly extinct. Then threaten to put them on a no-fly list. They will shut right up and go back to their Candy Crush and their complimentary bag with 3 peanuts.

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Boeing has been toying with a blended wing passenger aircraft for some time. There are some considerations once we want to put people in one of these things that don't come up when they are bombers and freighters.

People like to be able to see out, through real windows. Or at least have one nearby. It's a real psychological hurdle, believe it or not.

People don't like to sit too far out from the aircraft's roll center. They get kinda squeamish when the ship banks very much. So, they have to sit towards the center - no windows. Cargo goes outboard, but doesn't need windows... hmm...

I wonder how a virtual window would feel. Real scenery but shown on window shaped monitor...
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I wonder how a virtual window would feel. Real scenery but shown on window shaped monitor...
For some reason the virtual window concept reminded me of the DC-10 flight in May 0f '79 which purportedly had a video screen for the passengers to watch themselves take-off. Needless to say, that idea was scrapped immediately following the tragedy. Obviously this is a quite different scenario. Me, I need a window seat as this helps as I am squeamishly claustrophobic.


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