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Saving air fuel… February 27, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Scientific American in the last but one edition had a piece on this, a plan by Airbus to save air fuel by having aircraft on long haul flights – say across the Atlantic, follow one another in tandem, with the aircraft following gaining lift from the passage of the one ahead. The principle is essentially the same as that used by formations of geese when they fly.

Some technicalities to be ironed out – for instance who takes precedence, and how to manage safety, separation and so on. But interesting nonetheless.

There’s a video here.


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