HondaJet. It looks strange. Several unique design factors immediately stand out–it’s nose and over the wing engine mount, for example.
The nose is designed specifically for laminar flow. The over the wing engine mount was chosen for structural considerations and requires less support on the fuselage. It also reduces wave drag.
It started as the MH-02, a joint project between Mississippi State University and Honda.
I can find very little about this airplane or the research, except cursory mentions in news articles, like these. (If you have more information, I’d be interested and would love to share it.) However, the Honda links just provided are quite extensive.
HondaJet photos are hard to find–there are some on the HondaJet website, and I have collected links to these photo on the Flight Test Fact pinboard here.
This photo comes from a wikipedia article.
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