New Airplane Design The Flying V-Plane Could Change Air Travel As We Know It
If we ask you to picture an airplane in your mind what will you think of? A long cylindrical tube with a pointy end on one side and a tail on the other and wings on each side is what comes to mind. This has been the standard airplane design for decades but now it looks like things are about to change.
With the help of Dutch airline KLM and the Delft University of Technology, science is about to change the way we see airplanes and we’ll have to teach our kids how to draw them once again. The new design does not resemble any airplane that has ever taken flight but instead looks like a guitar.
1The airplane as we know it
The world’s first scheduled passenger airline took flight on January 1st, 1914 from St. Petersburg to Tampa. This is the one that paved the way for future air travel and modern airplanes. Today we have one basic design that comes to mind when we talk about airplanes. Every airline in the world uses the same airplane body design.
2Changing the format
For decades the basic airplane design has not changed but now Dutch airline KLM has teamed up with the Delft University of Technology to try to come up with a new design for airplanes that will make them even more efficient. They are trying to reinvent the airplane design to make it faster and cheaper.
3The proposed design
The design they came up with is being dubbed the ‘Flying-V’ as it looks like a giant ‘V’. Upon seeing the image of the plane you must be wondering where will the people sit and the cargo be placed? As compared to modern plane designs, the people sit in the body of the plane and the cargo is stored beneath them.
4In the Flying ‘V’
In the Flying ‘V’ the people and cargo will be placed in the wings as the wings will act like wings as well as the body of the plane. This design is aimed at making the airplane more fuel efficient and more aerodynamic. This will help make flights shorter and help aviation become more sustainable.
5How big will it be?
The size cannot be compared to anything right now as it is the only one of its kind. Many have speculated that it will be the size of an Airbus A350 and will stay in the same hangar. They have also said that it won’t be as long as an Airbus A350 and will consume 20% less fuel but will carry the same amount of passengers.