Today, airplane passengers can choose an aisle, a window, or a middle seat. But someday soon, people might be able to sit in the plane’s wing!
Designers are working on blended wing planes, which combine the body and wings into one wide shape. “It’s like a pancake,” says Vicroy. The shape is aerodynamic. That lets the plane easily slice through the sky without slowing down.
Blended wing planes would be made out of lighter materials, like aluminum. Their light weight and aerodynamic shape would allow them to fly using less energy. The planes could use one-third less fuel than today’s jets.
Blended wing planes won’t take off for at least five years. NASA is working on models. “The future of aviation is heading in that direction,” says Vicroy.