The Boeing Starliner-7, a jet concept that is a testament to modern day aeronautics by incorporating nuances of futuristic design elements. Modeled from what the designer calls a “Plecostomethian” shape, he took his inspiration from a species of fresh water fish. It was composed in such a way as to push the technological boundaries of todays airliners, by making a resounding stylistic impact.
The entire craft is constructed with a silver-titanium alloy, with steel fixtures for its major components. It’s then painted with a finish of flecked paint for whatever requirement.
Designer : Fraser Leid
The exterior of the jet has an extreme level of aerodynamic aiding features when compared to conventional airliners. The twin horizontal stabilizers located at the rear, are independent of each other and were designed to open upon take off and close together upon landing. This feature gives the jet greater control for yaw and pitch related movements while airborne. The jet does not require a pilot, but uses various Global Positioning Systems for guidance. All controlling systems are housed within the radome. At the front of the aircraft, two subtly included wings are present, which greatly aid in its maneuverability and overall visual aesthetic
Two Lockheed Martin supplied jet engines are placed in a less conventional position, directly underneath the fuselage and are held in a package assembly. This enables the craft to perform vertical takeoff maneuvers. The wings are a lot wider than conventional aircraft and are able to take greater stresses and are move flexible. The cockpit, is enlarged in such a way as to decrease internal cabin pressures, which in turn, not only allows the aircraft to climb higher altitudes than modern day airliners, but also allows the craft to travel at greater speeds (Its maximum speed reaching 1020 m/s or Mach 3). The interior of the craft has internal gyroscopic stabilizers that lessen interior cabin motion.
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In summary, this jet is very pleasing to look at, because of its attempt to go against the status quo of today’s aviation standards. Boeing Starliner-7 concept jet stands resolutely as a piece of technology that may one day be realized, and until then, it’s a resounding concept that makes an impact in the aeronautic community.