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Pentagon joins Boeing’s flying circus

US military research scientists at DARPA have asked Boeing for help in exploiting the aerodynamic benefits of formation flying to save fuel in military aircraft. Called “Formation Flight For Aerodynamic Benefit”, the effort builds on previous work by NASA in 2001-2002 which used a pair of specially instrumented F18 jets. According to the report on those trials, significant performance benefits were obtained […]

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Tomorrow’s engineers give air travel the bird

One radical vision of future air travel according to tomorrow’s engineers is windowless passenger aircraft flying in formation. These are just some of the ideas proposed within an initiative from Airbus to offer €30,000 for the best idea drawn from proposals. Over 2,000 students in 82 countries took part after the European airframer launched a global competition for […]

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