Electric guitar shaped efficient jet takes off: What if a V-shaped jet could take to the skies, that burns 20% less fuel than conventional aircraft and make commercial long-distance travel more sustainable?
After the first test flight of the prototype ‘Flying V’ aircraft, named after Gibson’s famous electric guitar, that could soon happen.
Developed at Delft Technology University in the Netherlands the V-shaped jet is backed by the Dutch airline KLM, with various other business partners including Airbus, also involved in the project.
The passenger cabin, the cargo area and the fuel tanks in the wings, are integrated into the aircraft’s design, creating a V-shape.
The cabin was designed to hold 314 passenger seats in both legs of the V as well as in the connecting centre body.
Compared to today’s most advanced jet, computer calculations have predicted that the aircraft’s aerodynamic shape and reduced weight could reduce fuel consumption by 20%.
The seats used in the new design are four kilograms lighter than the typical seats that are currently used on long haul flights, the lightweight construction of the interior will also support the energy efficiency of the project.
The next step for the project, which aims to enable long-distance commercial travel, taking into account that the design seems highly suitable to carry liquid hydrogen instead of kerosene, is to provide the Flying-V with sustainable propulsion.
Electric guitar shaped efficient jet takes off