The AHEAD aircraft concept boasts a “blended wing body” that could save enough fuel to allow the plane to fly non-stop from Europe to Australia.
Created by teams from the Dutch airline KLM and Delft University of Technology, the AHEAD aircraft (Advanced Hybrid Engine Aircraft Development) would be fitted with two pairs of wings—one in front and a larger set at the back of the plane. The wings are designed to blend into the body to form a smooth, curving shape that improves airflow and reduces drag—thereby also reducing fuel consumption. The AHEAD aircraft would also replace turbofan engines with a hybrid engine, and the engines would be mounted on the back of the aircraft instead of beneath the wings.
Source: ideaconnection.comAdded: 7 August 2015