Box Wing Plane

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Flying has become almost an essential in everyday life and keeping up with technologies and comfort is something that aviation engineers have always had to deal with. When the first Jet airliner known as the de Havilland DH 106 Comet came out, it was the top of its class. Yet it came with its problems. Then about 20 years later aviation engineers came out with the first Jumbo jet, the Boeing 747 which became an aviation icon all around the world. Air travel has exploded and the industry has had to keep up with the demanding air travel. So in the past 20 years we have seen new planes emerge that say to be the best at fuel emissions and comfort. Yet NASA asked the world’s top aircraft engineers to solve the hardest problem in commercial aviation: “how to fly cleaner, quieter and using less fuel.” Lockheed Martin decided to take on NASA’s request and started to think about the planes of the future. They thought about how much fuel a large passenger jet consumes, and found out that a Boeing 747 burns five gallons for every nautical mile it flies. Lockheed Martin started to think about designs to reduce fuel burn without deviating to far from the shape of the plane that the public was used to seeing. So they came up with the Box Wing concept. This Box Wing plane is going to be made out of the same lightweight materials that the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets are made out of. Than they took the wing design and made it a looped-wing that they figure will increase the lift to drag ration by 16% which should allow the plane to fly longer routs while consuming less fuel. This Box Wing plane is also supposed to be able to fit into the already made gates at airports. The Box Wing plane is also supposed to help cut down the carbon dioxide emissions by also most 35%. Germany’s MTU Aero Engines like the idea of the Box Wing Plane. The plan is to put geared turbofan technology in conventional jet engines for a 15 percent CO2 reduction; adding counter-rotating fans into these same...
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