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Oscar Viñals, a Spanish designer and aviation enthusiast, has released details, and incredible pictures, of what he is calling the "greenest aircraft imaginable." Inside the world's strangest-looking airplane Equipped with self-repairing wings, large windows, a vertical takeoff ability and room for 755 passengers, the "AWWA Sky Whale" joins several other outlandish proposals for future aircraft that have cropped up in the last couple of years.
reply to post by canucks555
That's a cool design, and vertical lift is even neater.
I see the same bottleneck as with conventional aircraft, ...how May human bodies do you really want in one basket so to speak...even the most reliable aircraft have an excepted risk factor that rises with age these are no different. I would hate to see the casualty list after one accident with craft this size...and make no mistake if it's produced and fly's it has an "acceptable" rate of failure is planned ,law suits included...it's part of the fare.
I dig the idea of green aircraft though...almost all jumbos take oh around 40,000 to 60,000 plus in gas each fill up and flight....that's a lot of exhaust. Two to three home heating truck size to fill er up...ouch.
That's great if the wings repair themselves, as long as they document those repairs. Cause if I didn't do the work, I'm sure as hell not signing it off! I'll be damned if I'm gonna take the fall for a wing with shoddy workmanship.