Airliners haven’t really changed much over the past 30 years, with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner being the most exciting thing to happen to airplanes in quite awhile. But Barcelona-based designer Oscar Viñals has a vision for a futuristic airplane, and it’s called the Progress Eagle.
The concept aircraft is a triple-decked, eco-friendly, hybrid jet airliner that could hold around 800 passengers. The plane uses six hydrogen fuel engines, one to drive a central screw-type engine at the rear to achieve the thrust needed to take off, along with five superconductive engines. Once it reaches it’s cruising altitude, the central engine turns off and starts generating electricity from rear electric wind generators for sustained flight.
Solar panels on the roof of the plane would absorb solar energy and clever engineering would reduce drag as well as the sound of the plane flying through the air by 75%. Materials like carbon fiber, graphene, ceramic, aluminum, titanium, and a shape-memory alloy would increase efficiency by making the plane lighter.
Tip to tip, the Progress Eagle’s ultra-slim wings would measure 315 feet. The double-arrow geometry of the wings would enable them to fold into sections when the plane is being taxied or stored at airport facilities, much like a Transformer.
The plane would also feature an entirely new class of cabin, “Pilot’s class.” This seating class allows three passengers to face right out the front window of the plane for a spectacular(ly terrifying) view.
You can learn even more about the futuristic Progress Eagle concept plane at Viñals’s website.