Sukhoi also dabbled in 1999 with the KR-860:Man tough crowd... It sounds like they took a business risk that didn’t pan out.
But you guys know Airbus weren’t the only ones that thought of this right? “Superjumbo” was kind of a big deal in aerospace in the 90s, along with BWB. The difference is their competitors stopped at design studies.
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See also the NLA, Sonic Cruiser and 2707 for more Boeing airplanes that could have been:
The finished products of any company form its outward face to the world, but it is the rarely seen unfinished designs which really tell the full story behind the evolution of that family. As one might expect, the development path of the combined Boeing and Douglas jetliner series is littered...m.aviationweek.com