Flying V The Futuristic Aircraft makes successful maidan flight | Flash News PK





The Flying-V is a design for a highly energy-efficient long-distance aeroplane. The aircraft’s design integrates the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings, creating a spectacular v-shape. Its improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft.


The Flying-V is a proposed flying wing airliner under development by researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The aircraft is designed to be highly energy-efficient over long distances.


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The passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks are integrated into the aircraft's wing structure. Because of this unique design, the engineers claim that it will be about 20% more efficient than the Airbus A350-900.


The proposed dimensions of the Flying-V are:


l 55 meters in length

l 65 meter wingspan

l 17 meters tall

l 314 passengers

l 140000 liters of kerosene

l 160 cubic meters

l Uses 20% less fuel compared to the Airbus A350-900


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This mid year, a group of specialists, engineers and a robot pilot of TU Delft made a trip to an airbase in Germany for their first real test flight of the scaled flight model of the energy-productive airplane configuration called the Flying-V. The task was reported a year ago along with KLM. After a period of extensive wind tunnel testing and a series of ground tests in the Netherlands, the time had come to play out the principal flight and acquire an impression of the flight attributes. The airplane had an extremely effective and successful maiden flight.



In the Flying-V – originally an idea of TU Berlin student Justus Benad during his thesis project at Airbus Hamburg – the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks are integrated in its wing structure, The design isn't as long as the Airbus A350, but it's the same as the wings. This allows the Flying-V to use aircraft infrastructure such as airport gates and runways. The Flying-V has the same number of passengers (314 as usual) and the same number of cargo - 160 cubic meters. TU Delft Project Manager Dr. Reloff Voss: "The Flying-V is smaller than the A350 and has less access than the available volume. The result is less resistance. This means that the Flying-V requires less fuel over the same distance.


Project leader Dr. Roelof Vos and his team of researchers and engineers took the 22.5 kg and 3-m-wide scale model of the Flying-V for flight tests to a well-guarded airbase in Germany, where they could work together with a team from Airbus. The pilot's task was to take off, fly a number of test maneuvers and approaches until the batteries were nearly empty, and land. And he succeeded.


Vos says, "One of our worries was that the aircraft might have some difficulty lifting off, since previous calculations had shown that 'rotation' could be an issue. The team optimized the scaled flight model to prevent the issue but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. You need to fly to know for sure." Rotation on take-off was performed easily and occurred at a speed of 80 km/h. The plane's thrust was good and flight speeds and angles were as predicted.




Video Courtesy by  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines


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