Think flying on a plane is as everyday as riding a bike? Unless, you’re E.T., you’re taking an enormous amount of science for granted, and it’s time to step back and marvel at its engineering.
Now there’s a good chance that you’ve been on a Boeing 747 at some point in your life. It’s the airplane model that opened up the world to long-range flight and still carries millions of passengers and millions of tons of cargo per year. It’s often regarded as the most successful aircraft ever built, and now the 747 is once again evolving to become even better: Get ready to meet the 747-8.
“The 747-8 represents a lot of big milestones for the Boeing company,” said Engineer David Loffing. “It is the biggest commercial airplane that we’ve ever produced, it’s the world’s fastest commercial airliner, and it’s one the most efficient new large airplanes out there in the marketplace.”
One of the design highlights of the 747-8 is an ultra-advanced wing with complex curves and wing tips. These new wings help contribute to a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency. Not surprising for Boeing, a company that believes sometimes innovation means finding a way to make the best even better.blog comments powered by Disqus