Airbus unveils a prototype of a single-wing aircraft without a separate fuselage
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Airbus has introduced a new model of a passenger aircraft with a reduced fuselage, which externally creates the appearance of one large wing.
At the Singapore Airshow, the French aircraft giant showcased a prototype of the innovative Maveric aircraft concept. Its design is more like a glider type «flying wing», commonly used for military bombers. Another difference from traditional standards consists in the location of the engines, which are attached to vertical stabilizers above the rear of the aircraft.
While the Maveric looks like a vehicle from a sci-fi movie, Airbus claims it can cut fuel consumption by 20% and improve aerodynamic performance..
The fusion of the wings with the fuselage also makes it possible modernize the cab and salon. The new design will make the interior of the aircraft wider and increase overall space. Therefore, it will become freer on board and it will be possible to reduce workload..
Before so far only a remote-controlled model with a wingspan of 3.2 meters was created, which engineers used to test the viability of the Maveric concept. Since Airbus is one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, actively introducing innovative developments, it is possible that soon we will be able to see aircraft with a solid wing on commercial flights.
Previously, Airbus also unveiled the Bird of Prey concept aircraft, which is designed to cut fuel consumption by 30-50%..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Airbus