At the Royal International Air Tattoo last week, Airbus introduced its Bird of Prey concept for an 80 seat regional aircraft with hybrid-electric power. This is a part of Airbus corporate goal to reduce emissions 50% before 2050.
The concept is not based on the Romulan Bird of Prey from Star Trek, but rather on real birds, utilizing biomimicry in design. The aircraft, shown below, will have a tail and wings that split into prongs and act in the way “feathers” would to provide active flight controls. The blended wing to fuselage joint mimics the aerodynamic arch of an eagle or a falcon.
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