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Bird-Like Airliner Revealed at Air Tattoo

Published: 21 Jul 2019   updated: 22 Jul 2019


A concept for an airliner with wings shaped like a bird has been unveiled by Airbus at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Through biomimicry, the Bird of Prey borrows from nature, with wings and a tail structure imitating those of an eagle or a falcon.

The concept, which was revealed by Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, has been created to inspire young engineers, and provides an insight into what a future regional airliner could look like.

It is based on technologies that Airbus is working on, include hybrid-electric propulsion that makes aircraft not only quieter, but also reduces their carbon emissions. Other technologies being looked at include the use of advanced composite structures that make aircraft both lighter and more fuel efficient.

Martin Aston, Senior Manager at Airbus, said: "Bird of Prey is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a "wow" factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the UK's crucially-important aerospace sector.

"One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable - making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before."

Mr Fox said the Bird of Prey concept provided "an exciting glimpse into the future of the aerospace sector...demonstrating the strength and creativity of British engineering."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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