The Lockheed Martin X-59 was rolled out yesterday :-)
- Brett Tingley, Watch NASA's sci-fi-looking X-59 'quiet' supersonic jet roll out of the hangar, August 2023.
I am no expert here (and no English native), but to me, I can see the shape more or less according to "area rule" until the engine intake comes up and the wing "is still there".
Does it make any sense? Does the "area rule" not matter after (e.g.) 70% of the aircraft length axis? Does the fact that it is an air intake change the "area rule" effect (i.e. it's sucking air in)?
Also, I see a lot of riveting on the fuselage, I would be expecting a lot "cleaner" surface at the front (check "green area" under cockpit). Maybe it's just because it's a prototype?
Thanks in advance! This is my first question at this site ever! I have been following this forum for long and it's my favorite :-)