After decades of aircraft design staying the same, the future of flying might just be here.
A scaled model of Royal Dutch Airline’s (KLM) new airplane design has undergone its first-ever test flight. Called the Flying-V after it’s v-shaped design, this may be the future of flying as we know it.
Rather than the traditional design of a single tubular body with wings on either side, this design, developed and tested by engineers at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the fuselage and wings are one and the same. Passengers would be seated literally inside each wing. Turbofan engines sit on top of the fuselage between the two “wings” rather than under the wings like on traditional aircraft.
The idea is to have a plane design that is more aerodynamic and therefore more fuel-efficient. It can go further on less fuel and is better for the environment as a result.