With an extremely unique V-shaped shape, the Flying-V is the latest generation aircraft set to launch in the near future. Named after the Gibson Flying-V electric guitar, the inventor of this special plane was Justus Benad, a student at the Technical University of Berlin. The Flying-V development project was then continued to be undertaken by researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft).
Its improved aerodynamic form and light weight will help the Flying-V reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to today’s most advanced aircraft.
Compared to traditional aircraft designs, the Flying-V places the passenger cabin, cargo compartment and fuel tank right in the wing part. With wingspan dimensions comparable to that of an Airbus 350, the Flying-V can accommodate 314 passengers on two wings in a special V-shaped cabin, suitable for all existing cargo and airport infrastructure around the world. . Experts hope the improved aerodynamic form and light weight will help the Flying-V reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared with today’s most advanced aircraft.
Most recently, a small 22.5kg, 3m long model of the Flying-V made a successful test flight after taking off at an air base in Germany where the team received help from Airbus staff side in assisting aircraft takeoffs and landings. This is particularly important flight, as it helps the team test whether the Flying-V’s V-shaped design is actually viable under real-world operating conditions.
The Flying-V model takes off at 80km / h.
“One of our worries (prior to testing) was that the Flying-V might have some trouble taking off, as previous computational data showed that a rollback can cause a roll. problem “, explained Mr. Roelof Vos – Associate Professor at the Faculty of Aviation Engineering, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), who is also the project leader.
“The team has optimized the aerodynamic model to avoid problems. However, you still need to take a test flight to know for sure,” Vos said.
It is known that the miniature model of the Flying-V equipped with a control system similar to that on the drone, accompanied by a lithium-polymer battery pack weighing 6 kg. Before the test flight, the model underwent a series of tests in wind tunnels in the Netherlands. Under the control of drone pilot Nando van Arnhem, the model of the Flying-V took off at around 80km / h, performing a series of flight movements and safe landing when the battery was nearly depleted.
After the flight, the team collected flight data for analysis, thereby further refining the Flying-V’s aerodynamic model. It is expected that this aircraft can enter commercial service from 2040 to 2050 after completing the necessary tests. Of course, in the next 20-30 years, the design and features of this aircraft project will change quite a few times.
Watch video: Model of the Flying-V takes off successfully
The Flying-V has just had its first successful test flight