Recently Airbus tweeted a new concept of “Bird of Prey” unveiled aircraft with splayed wingtips and a fanned tail inspired by the feathers of an eagle as it experiments with “biomimicry” technology that could eventually lead to quieter landings and less pollution.
The propeller-driven aircraft would have individually controlled “feathers” on the wingtips to provide what Airbus call “active flight control”.
This aircraft would carry 80 passengers up to 1,500 km and burn 30% to 50% less fuel than today’s planes consumptions.
Airbus said, its concept plane would have a geodesic or curved fuselage in a throwback to the contours of the Wellington bomber designed by British aircraft designer Barnes Wallis.
Airbus said its concept plane would have a geodesic or curved fuselage in a throwback to the contours of the Wellington bomber designed by British aircraft designer Barnes Wallis.
That aircraft was built in Broughton in Wales from the 1930s to keep it beyond the range of German bombers.
Airbus now uses the same site to produce wings for over 800 jetliners a year. But it has warned the plant faces competition from European nations such as Germany, or others such as Korea, for future generations following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Brexit supporters are skeptical Airbus would take such a step given Britain’s experience with wing making.