The Plane That Will Change Travel Forever

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Real Engineering
Real Engineering 6 days ago
Spiral notebooks sold out, but the moleskin styles ones are still in stock!
Sharptooth Trex
That plane is great for Air Canada, American Airlines and all over the world, including China, Hong Kong, North and South Korea.
Kit von Sück
Kit von Sück 2 days ago
@Kev Your employer will. Your notes are a company asset and you should treat your notes that way. For copyright purposes, you need to sign and date pages. Good Luck with your career going forward.
Kev 5 days ago
As a recent graduate engineer. Essentially no student engineer is going to pay $20 for a notebook, you need to focus on the graduates.
GOPINATH RAM 3 minutes ago
Great video. Thoroughly researched. Thanks so much.
James Cole
James Cole 20 minutes ago
too much history.
Chai 3 hours ago
this was super interesting
ABINCHI 5 hours ago
We are gradually nearing alien flight technology. Maybe we will be able to chase them into space when we sight them and eventually communicate
alenuikuau 5 hours ago
Christopher Banbury
Designers have known about all of these efficiencies for decades. Hopefully the fate of the 737 Max 8 will discourage Boeing from stretching 50 year old tube and wing models until they break it.
Trascy Jaac
Trascy Jaac 9 hours ago
Are you sure the whole thing wasn't CGI?
Alvin Jiang
Alvin Jiang 9 hours ago
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Cheiron19 11 hours ago
One of the items you passed over rapidly was the infrastructure requirements for a plane of this design. When you consider that not a single airport has the facilities to handle one of these planes, the time frame for developing and building the infrastructure, and the potential for requiring larger tracts of land to enable high-density flight operations, this becomes a little harder to envision. Take a look at LAX and the International Terminal there, it can handle about 13 or 14 large intercontinental capable aircraft. If the footprint of one of these planes is larger than a current airframe, then you reduce the space available for terminal operations. You would have to space the terminal further away from each other to enable ingress and egress of aircraft from the terminal and widen current taxiways. The costs would be prohibitive and significantly impact current airport operations. Maybe in 20 years, if they started the planning now and putting the money aside to make it happen, otherwise I wouldn't hold my breath. A comparative look at the proposed size of one of these aircraft, particularly from an overhead perspective, would have been even more informative.
Peter Huxley
Peter Huxley 13 hours ago
Of course to be properly eco-friendly, the future aeroplane will produce no pollution at all in flight, nor will any pollution come from its construction. Neither will there be any CO2 released into the atmosphere as passengers and crew make their way to travel to, on, or from it. Perhaps we could unicorns for world-wide travel instead. Some may say I'm taking the **** but unless we are to be transported back to the middle ages and thus give up all of the comfort advantages of modern living, there will always be some pollution of the environment, not to mention the desire for control of said environment by human beings. The kind of technology being referred to in this video might help a little but what kind of society will we have if only rich people can afford to travel farther than just around the corner?
Daniel De Ponte
Daniel De Ponte 18 hours ago
Loved the last part. I feel the same.
Gil Garcia
Gil Garcia 20 hours ago
Eco friendly is a farce when you consider the number of planes in the air pumping co2 directly into the atmosphere.
Darin Davis
Darin Davis 20 hours ago
We were supposed to have flying cars by 2000.. All I heard when I was a kid in the 70s. The world is gonna end in 12 years anyway, so....
ted Perrera
ted Perrera 20 hours ago
Utter joke all this new technology never been tested as jet liners however british beat us technology with tried and tested variant going back to 1970s or 50 year tech with concorde needs new carbon fibre light body materials plus newer high powered rolls royce engines to take back lead no need for mcdonnel untried prototypes they will succumb to failiures.
Aaron S
Aaron S 21 hour ago
i bet this was a good video. But i gave it a thumbs down because i kept seeing a shitty disney ad every 3 minutes. thumbs down for letting them screw up your content and pollute it with repepitive ads.
Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald 22 hours ago
Maybe one of your best works. Fantastic production values. Spent the last twenty years of a forty plus year R&D career directing development groups. Your approach to instructing the subject is so well balanced, comprehensive, and understandable, I am often in awe. Kudos. And for those lamenting the slow slog to creation for concepts like these; I would invite you to dig into the process beyond Popular Mechanics articles. There are no easy answers 99% of the time.
Donmontero Don
Donmontero Don 23 hours ago
Hopefully X48 Wingspan able to accomadate the standed lenght of the Runway and Taxiway of all International Airport.
Bjowolf2 Day ago
So why is the center of gravity typically placed well in front of the center of lift on a conventional tube & wings airliner? For safety reasons? ( stability & avoiding stall ) And wouldn't it make sense to at least have them closer together?
Aaron White
Aaron White Day ago
Ah yes, a fellow "All Caps" note taker.
J Rome’
J Rome’ Day ago
But I don't want plans need long way from airport it's should be like f 35 get on the aircraft carrier And I would love to change airbus body's dangerous for passengers because
bee2hive Day ago
Don`t suppress zero on your graphs.
Brawlin Harry
the pokemon craze has gone too far! stop wasting billions on a real life togekiss you maciacs!
Doug Martin
Doug Martin Day ago
Regrettably the information on the MCAS system and the 2 B737-MAX crashes was incorrect. MCAS was designed and was to be sold with two sets of sensors. The aircraft in the 2nd crash was fitted with 2 sensors. The contribution of the crew to the mishap should also have been addressed. But that would not have fit into the storyline.
Mike King
Mike King Day ago
I don’t trust it. I explored scores of them crashed all over Fallout 4! 😂
Ian Simpson
Ian Simpson Day ago
I have dreamed of WIG - Wing in Ground Effect aircraft or should I say boat craft, maybe truck craft. I can not fathom why they have not ruled the world by now. Maybe it will need Russia to revive or for China to jump in with its cash and smarts. Russia, China doing a joint venture. Imagine 1500 passenger planes, taking longer but whats the hurry with night club, gym, restaurant, sleepers. Imagine 500 tonnes of cargo at a time, taking apples, fish, fresh produce from Australia to Japan in 2-3 days rather than a ship in a month. Scale down all the way to a bus service between islands at 100 knots with regular diesel car engines. Truckers of Australia winging it across the plains and deserts with livestock and fresh produce in hours rather than days.
Scott Winter
Scott Winter Day ago
Is it electric???
Brony Clopper
But can it do barrel roll?
_MrMatrix_ Day ago
a bit big though
christopher brown
Looks rather like the Arado E555 from the mid 1940's.
Tom Cummin
Tom Cummin Day ago
To be frank the blended wing body is all well and good from an engineering standpoint but one thing was left unaddressed here. The aircraft footprint on the ground and making a commercially viable aircraft of this pattern in passenger capacities required by the airlines that can be accommodated in existing airports without requiring wholescale reconstruction of airside facilities from ramps and gates to taxiways. I'd also be interested in a study using this geometry with a focus on the efficient evacuation of passengers and crew in a timely manner. Air travel is not merely about wheels up to wheels down.
A De
A De Day ago
Agree with you about the MCAS. Criminal..............
Marvin Harrison
Marvin Harrison 2 days ago
If these companies continue to treat people like crap when they fly they will be flying solo...
Faith Hill deVersailles
We at founders of stealth will be congratulating ourselves further for the honor of patronizing stealth for future commercial flights .
James Wyse
James Wyse 2 days ago
The de Havilland DH.106 Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner.
Goupi Goupi
Goupi Goupi 2 days ago
To hell with fuel consumption.
Para 2 days ago
Robort C Martin keeps warning us software engineers
D C 2 days ago
Bruce Bartman
Bruce Bartman 2 days ago
Blah Blah Blah It won't happen!
Viscus Dribble
Viscus Dribble 2 days ago
amazing channel!!!!!!!!!!! I got so much from this. thank you.
Gaming Space
Gaming Space 2 days ago
4:19 is that a doncus on his screen ?
conny lake
conny lake 2 days ago
From space ships to non stick pans.
Stephen Day
Stephen Day 3 days ago
I'm curious if the scientists and engineers have considered the dimpled exterior. ruvid.net/video/video-VUiGhyHC-1A.html
Lukas Klüpfel
Lukas Klüpfel 3 days ago
25:20 What is Johnny Sins doing at NASA?
Panagiotis Grigorakis
Hmm, hydrogen, big internal spaces. Now, where have I have see this again?
Oded Shoshani
Oded Shoshani 3 days ago
Until Further Notice
4:19 Middle monitor. Haha. I'm such a child
Ken P
Ken P 3 days ago
I was at Boeing when Sonic Cruiser, Dreamliner and Blended Wing were all being considered for the next big thing. I was kinda sad that 787 won out. With Blended wing, you could build out a whole family of different size aircraft for passengers and cargo with 60-80% common parts. Oh, and one more benefit he missed - Square cargo containers :) It's too bad, between the $30B 787 lost and the whole Max disaster, and the delays to their shiny new 777, I don't think Boeing will ever get back to blended wing.
Max Wolfe
Max Wolfe 3 days ago
The problem with air travel is the air circulation system which not only takes air from close to the engines giving us oil fumes it does not have any clean air or oxygen refill in it. The pilots do not even bother to blow out the old air from the previous flights & all passengers are breathing everybody elses exhalations. And do the mechanics or anyone ever bother to clean the air filters? Not to mention the fact that they are spreading & recycling any viruses that a passenger has to everyone else.
Appable 2 days ago
@Max Wolfe There is air in the atmosphere over 5000 feet, that's why airplane engines have an air inlet... it is lower pressure than at sea level, so the engines are used to compress the air and then deliver it to the cabin. Cabins are not completely sealed; about half the air is recycled after being filtered and half is discharged (and resupplied from the compressor).
Max Wolfe
Max Wolfe 3 days ago
There is no air in the atmosphere over 5,000 feet that's why cabins are pressurised & sealed. The oil from the engines happens when the engines are started on the ground when the bearings are worn.
Appable 3 days ago
I mean... the air in the atmosphere is definitely clean and has oxygen. Fume events are definitely a concern but are rare; generally you are not breathing in oil fumes, and if you are it would certainly be very obvious and considered a significant problem. Air in the cabin is certainly recirculated
Mariejules Jiy
Mariejules Jiy 3 days ago
Hello everyone thanks for having me .
happy camper
happy camper 3 days ago
looks like a bat ray fish
Andrew Bogle
Andrew Bogle 3 days ago
New cutting-edge flight technology but no-one much able to fly because of raging pandemics. This one may be the just a harbinger of much worse to come. Aeronautic hubris of the first order. Virtual tourism and Zoom meetings are an alternative future to flying hither and thither.
Tancred De Hauteville
Not sure this can work. Where will passengers sit? People want to look out of windows.
B Schraaf
B Schraaf 3 days ago
How about this one, Dutch developed. Can't wait for a fullsize demo. 👍👍👍👍Dutch ingenuity at its best.😁😁😁 Kijk 'KLM & TU Delft present: Flying the model Flying-V' op RUvid ruvid.net/video/video-MFoc8wbuasM.html
Koi Tou
Koi Tou 3 days ago
rudders still look cool on them right? ... right?
Ian Manders
Ian Manders 4 days ago
First flight 27 July 1949 Introduction 2 May 1952 with BOAC The de Havilland DH.106 Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner. The Boeing 707-120 first flew on December 20, 1957. Pan American World Airways began regular 707 service on October 26, 1958. Source: Wikipedia
Gary Brownfield
Gary Brownfield 4 days ago
I traveled many thousands international miles in last 10 years as long as airlines enforce the LIES and FRAUD of COVID and viruses. They can give the ticket away, I will not quarantine or PCR illegal test. Ty
蔡 世杰
蔡 世杰 4 days ago
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earthstewardude 4 days ago
Change air travel forever? Ha Ha... soon you'll have to bring your own jet fuel if you want a ride. We've fucked up this world so much that soon there'll be no place worth flying to.
Gary Carkeek
Gary Carkeek 4 days ago
Brought to you by the Flying Death Company itself. They have already changed travel forever, lol
Abishek Goski
Abishek Goski 4 days ago
I am just saying, Boeing gives 0 shits about the environment, if they could any money by making it less environmentally friendly they would
Kenneth Paz
Kenneth Paz 4 days ago
Check Natilus.
STOKER 4 days ago
Among the best, most cogent presentations I've seen in a while. Thank you!
John Smith
John Smith 4 days ago
This is why pilots aren't going away anytime soon!
William Starklauf
Was anyone at Boeing criminally charged in those 737 murders???
Viper Stew
Viper Stew 4 days ago
Horrible sibilance! Learn how to do sound, please!
casbott 4 days ago
Simplest way to reduce fuel cost per passenger mile is to get Americans to lose weight.
Alan Day
Alan Day 4 days ago
John Alden
John Alden 4 days ago
Monkey squat! Balderdash! Eliminate windows altogether. Replace with a camera feed. Up , down left, right, forward and back. An optimum viewing feed directly to the seat's TV.
Tashiko Weinstein
I need my windows!! I am not giving up my windows for innovation!
Davie Dood
Davie Dood 4 days ago
I said this a while back many years ago. If they could FLATTEN the shape and get it away from the tube, it could cut through the air alot better. They try to mimic nature and machineize it if that's even a word. My theory was that of an ARROW. the flat arrow head type. The stealth bomber was a good thing. I was thinking if they could get it even flatter than that. Another theory I came up with, is mold injected planes. Would be several sections of the mold bolted together, melt the metal, and one big pour or pressurized injection into the mold until filled. Allowed to cool 24 hrs, mold un bolted, stored away, then the object sprayed down for faster cooling safely without cracking. Less bolts and parts that can suffer from wear and tear etc. The harnesses and wiring easily ran through the body, panels installed, windows etc. You can churn out planes VERY quickly. Maybe this new f35 could be made in mass via this method. Cheaper production costs, time labor, etc. You can have a lot of fighters quickly. And when crafts are damaged, can easily remelt them down and RE poured into a new mold along with new metal added into the mix. However seen fit at that moment. No clue if any engineer will ever come across my Comment and give any advice or thoughts. If so much appreciated. Many thanks. 💪 ❤
Yiglic Persfactious
Boeing, where ideas go to die.
quaz imodo
quaz imodo 4 days ago
Excellent description of your learning process @ about 26:00. Thanks for your efforts.
C MW 4 days ago
But....the windows are my favorite part of flying!
Gio Gwno
Gio Gwno 4 days ago
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Kevin Tunnicliff
Kevin Tunnicliff 4 days ago
Should be mandated to be electric, like people are being forced into with their cars.
Appable 3 days ago
@Kevin Tunnicliff It seems to be, as it should, a case-by-case basis. Electric cars are definitely becoming more mature, so incentives for them definitely make sense at this point. Electric aircraft are a research topic at this point.
Kevin Tunnicliff
Kevin Tunnicliff 3 days ago
@Appable Not yet. If people got to be green washed by the electric car 'fake agenda' then transportation should be under the same rules. Ships, aircraft, boats, military vehicles, all power stations in all the world.
Appable 3 days ago
Nobody is mandating electric cars, and electric cars are far more practical and near-term than electric aircraft.
YK Chan
YK Chan 4 days ago
This could be a cross disciplinary silly idea utilizing a military vehicle form shape for civilian transportation. Enemy may confused weather their target is civilians plane or not. At one time two plane share a common form factor and different discipline, one of which was Concord.
Florin Adrian
Florin Adrian 4 days ago
Nah, man, the real revolution is electric propulsion.
Paul shockie
Paul shockie 4 days ago
for cryuing out loud do you wish to do some youtube video with your advertising its a joke
salty roe
salty roe 4 days ago
1. Arado Ar234 is the first jet with conventional layout 2. Nothrop explored a flying wing airliner when they were building the 1st flying wing bomber. The real problem with a flying wing airliner is that where one puts the passengers has to be tall. This makes the passenger section too thick for efficient flight at expected cruise speeds. The only practical design is a slow turbo prop flying wing 3. Good ideas don't make profitable airplanes. The giant airbus is better than a 747 but big planes are not what the airlines want.
Mehdi Felji
Mehdi Felji 5 days ago
Astonishing work put in this video, keep it coming.
Hiratio Masterson
One other issue somewhat related to stability of the BWB in flight is dealing with turbulence: in 2016 I spoke to some B-2 pilots, and one related to me a landing by one of his instructors a few years before in windy weather. The plane was shaking violently on approach due to strong and variable crosswinds: with such a huge lifting surface area, even the advanced flight computers were struggling to smooth out the ride. It was so bad, he had to get his co-pilot to press his own hand onto the throttle to prevent it from being thrown about. And both crew did have some neck soreness for a day or so. And another issue to add to this...where will some passengers be in relation to the BWB's roll axis? With the traditional tube with wings, passengers in - say - an A380 are never more than ~3m away from the central roll axis. But in a large BWB, they could be close to 9m away - and that would make for a lot of extra air sickness bags being needed for every flight. A BWB design solves many issues, but it creates some very serious new ones especally relating to passenger comfort.
Chris Clements
Chris Clements 5 days ago
Ot has 1000 sensors that it needs to just fly... ya a flying wing is great but of shit happens your dead..
XRP Vegas
XRP Vegas 5 days ago
Aluminum notice only one letter “I” it’s not spelled Aluminium is it doofus?
Captain Downunder
Travel is history when we are locked down. Plandemic has screwed that!
M.S Sharma
M.S Sharma 5 days ago
In the middle of this great video, I get a Hulu ad with two gay men kissing passionately. WTF RUvid is so fked up?
MDF 5 days ago
rotflmao - Boeing did a study of these in the late 70s or early 80s, and concluded they would only be comparable in efficiency for aircraft carrying over 1000 passengers, and with the demise of the A380, that isn't happening anytime soon - even if they find a solution to passengers getting claustrophobic with no windows outside.
Brandon Denson
Brandon Denson 5 days ago
Lol simple people the huge triangle "UFO's" is a pre atmosphere plane that we've had since early 90's
Gary how to bluetooth jbl headphones Gray
If we have a future? A very big "if"! might I say?!
Hunter Ullum
Hunter Ullum 5 days ago
Reminds me of the planes in fallout 4
Darius Rowe
Darius Rowe 5 days ago
4:19 You're welcome
Mason Compton
Mason Compton 5 days ago
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Bill c
Bill c 5 days ago
The control software of 737Max was written by a team of inexperience Indian software engineers at $6/hr while Boeing layoff the experienced team. That is what caused the crashed.
Bill c
Bill c 5 days ago
Pandemic has proven to reduce fuel consumption by 80%
Bill c
Bill c 5 days ago
There won't be too much flying if traveler need to quarantine
Stewart t
Stewart t 5 days ago
'more eco friendly' ? shouldn't that be 'less eco damaging?' there's nothing eco friendly about jet fuel in the first place...
jock tulloch
jock tulloch 5 days ago
Wonder about size. The big Airbus was too big for the market. It couldn't be filled with bums in seats.
sicDaVid 5 days ago
I'm sure the airline industry will take the time to figure out it won't be profitable to build these in America. So let's all fly SpaceX in the near future. Made in America EDIT: If they stick to the plan to use hydrogen fuel, I'll be investing more in SpaceX because hydrogen fuel might be okay but you have to replace the actual engine every three years because hydrogen eats up metal. ALL hydrogen-based propulsion units should be considered disposable
preston crofford
preston crofford 5 days ago
I'll never fly again
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