Boeing and NASA have been experimenting with a design for an unmanned aircraft called the X-48, an example of a Blended Wing Body. Blended wing designs, which have little in the way of a fuselage and sometimes no tail, could greatly increase fuel efficiency. The X-48 shown here is a scale model with a 21-foot wingspan; at full size, the aircraft would have a wingspan of 240 feet. (Boeing Co.)

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