It still doesn’t carry passengers in its wings, but the three-meter scale model made its first flight successfully and development work continues.
Flying V is a joint project of Delft University of Technology and the Dutch airline KLM. The aerodynamic shape of the aircraft is believed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.
Liquid hydrogen as fuel
The scale test flight was an exciting moment for the developers of the futuristic aircraft.
– We had a fear that the plane would have difficulty getting into the air with honor, we feared that the plane would not stay straight, says the assistant professor leading the project Roelof Vos University of Delft in the bulletin.
The remote-controlled plane took to the air at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour and the flight went according to plan. The landing was a bit steeper, so the aerodynamics and focus of the plane still need to be adjusted.
Data collected from model flights will be used in future plans. Much of the development work is done through computer simulations.
The fuel, which can sometimes carry passengers, is fueled by liquid hydrogen instead of kerosene.