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Future Aircraft Shape Inspires Future Pilot
Future Aircraft Shape Inspires Future Pilot

Arthur Sears examines a model of a Hybrid Wing Body aircraft, a NASA vision for a future airliner that could use 50 percent less fuel, produce 50 percent less emissions and produce less noise compared to today's commercial jets.

Hybrid wing body aircraft are among the possible future designs for vehicles that will be much friendlier for the environment. NASA and its partners are using models, simulations, wind tunnel tests, and flight tests of subscale remote-piloted vehicles to test their potential.

Arthur and the model are at the NASA exhibit at the International Balloon Fiesta, which draws tens of thousands of flight enthusiasts of all ages.

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Image credit: NASA / Jay Levine

Page Last Updated: January 14th, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator