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Future Of Air Travel – The Flying V

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Planes haven’t actually really changed.

They got faster – even breaking the sound barrier.

They got bigger, with double decks

and six engines.

And they even got wacky with double fuslages to carry more.

But one key component remains the same.

The tube and the wings.

Now, it didn’t have to always be like this.

This just happens to be the most efficient way to build an aircraft, perform maintenance, and keep it cheap.

That is, until now.

Blended wings have always been a bit of an odd outlier of aerospace engineering.

The concept is relatively straightforward – instead of a tube and wings, why not make the wings the plane? This would massively increase the internal area – and the fuel efficiency.

Even the most basic blended wing design would be approx 20% more fuel-efficient than the standard wing design.

Boeing, Airbus and others have always been working on blended wings –

infact it can be traced back to Northrop back in World War 2,

and the Horton Brothers for the Nazis with their plans for a massive amerika bomber.

But the design never really took off…pun intended.

That is until now – with the Flying V

This concept such a novly design that it truely deserves its own video – which is what you are watching right now.

Lets get into it
The Flying V was developed as a concept at Delft University of technology, by Justus Benad while working with Airbus . It is a flying V shape, hence the name, and can carry up to 314 passengers in a mixed configuration

You will notice that this is the same capacity – well technically one seat less – than the Airbus A350-900, which seats 315 passengers over two classes.

Speaking off this plane, the flying V has roughly the same wingspan as a Airbus A350,

allowing it to use the same infrastructure at airports – gates, taxiways and runways – without any modification.

An issue that plagued the massive Airbus A380 when it arrived to the world in the past.

In terms of cargo capacity, it has around 160m3 of cargo space onboard, 36 pallets – allowing it very much the same profile as the aforementioned airbus.

But heres the catch. It has a much lower surface area than the standard plane – meaning the resistance is lower and it needs far less fuel.

Operating at around 20% less consumption – a huge saving over a year of flying.

The twin engines are placed above the fuselage, to keep noise away from the cabin and allow access for engineering – an issue with all blended wing internal engines that have come before.

But lets just talk about the flaws with this concept – big ones.


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