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The ‘Flying-V,’ a Fuel-Efficient Alternative to Jumbo Jets, Just Flew for the First Time

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A scale model of the “Flying-V,” an experimental aircraft design with huge wings, took flight recently in Germany. The blended-wing aircraft concept is a project by Delft Technical University (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, with financial support by KLM Airlines. It was recently flown from a German airbase, with the support of a team from Airbus. The Flying-V was designed as a fuel-efficient, long-range aircraft in which the passenger seating, fuel tanks and baggage hold are built into the wings.… (www.yahoo.com) Daha Fazlası...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 4
Very Interesting, but not sure how well people would accept that design.... However, I Would love to see them market that plane for the RC Modelers around the world... :)
TimWorley
Tim Worley 2
The passengers with the window seats will have an amazing view of the crash.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Just like being there!
jaymeinen
jaymeinen 2
Boeing has been flying something similar. I’d love to see a new design make it beyond an RC model.
AlexMolyavko
I wonder what the people sitting far to the side of longtudinal axis will do if this plane will roll even a bit. Will they pray, or scream, or just faint out?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Weight and Balance will be interesting.... People in the Rear to the Far sides, I can just see 10 300 pounders are the right and 10 100 pounders on the left...
dav555
dav555 1
Not exactly a new design. This looks just like the Boeing X48, which was first flown in 2007. Boeing has been testing the blended wing design since the mid 1990s.
patpylot
People will accept this design if that is the airliner on today's flight, and also offers synthetic views out the sides, where windows usually are. Comfortable seats, some view outside, - what else is there to have to accept, unless they name the thing Max........I hae seen drawings of this general shape for many years, thought it to be inevitable as a design following up with better fuel burns. I want the 747 and the A380, but we can't get those today, so find your seat , buckle in and enjoy your trip. Thanks for flying with us today.....Most folks don't know enough about this design to be able to decide what they think about it....

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