Engineers test jetliner where you ride in the wings. A scale model of the Flying-V, an experimental jetliner that seats passengers inside its wings, took flight during test.
The results of a Flying-V test have been long awaited. The plane’s unusual design makes it 20 percent more fuel efficient than the most advanced planes on the market, according to New Atlas, which has covered the project previously. But, as with any unusual experimental design, it remains unclear how well it would actually work in practice.
Even if it wasn’t a real Flying-V, the successful flight test of the model is a pretty big deal. Even the engineers helping design it weren’t sure how well the new plane would fare during takeoff and landing.