The green movement continues to grow in strength, and the Boeing Company is unveiling a new plane design that will sharply reduce the fuel needed for flight. The Transonic Truss-Braced Wing uses elongated, ultra-light wings to cut back on the demands placed on the plane to keep it in flight.
The wings are 170 feet in span. They sit on top of the plane and are braced by a truss that comes from underneath the fuselage. The effect is reminiscent of the old biplanes used in aviation’s early years. The idea comes after a decade-long collaboration with NASA and is a part of the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) research program.
The redesigned wing will allow the plane to fly at speeds of Mach 0.8—about 600 miles per hour. That speed is an improvement over previous designs, and a jump ahead of current jetliners. According to Boeing, the design will help reduce fuel burn by 60 per cent.
This latest design comes after “extensive” wind tunnel testing at the NASA Ames Research centre. Not only will this new design allow for faster flight speeds, but the plane will also be able to fly higher. It’s obvious that the new Transonic Truss-Braced Wing is living up to Boeing’s mission of creating “a more integrated design that significantly improves vehicle performance.”