Long Range Jet with Zero Emissions

Based on the form of the Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird that holds the record for the longest none-stop flight, the swift and efficient Lockheed Stratoliner is designed to fly anywhere on the globe without refueling. Oversized wings generate large amounts of lift and permit flight at higher altitudes while four Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines power flight with zero emissions and can operate in a low-power state similar to that of fighter jets, saving a substantial amount of fuel.

Designer: William Brown

38 Comments

  • lmwodo says:

    i love it its beautiful yet functional and radical

  • H.kagan says:

    Look greate but in use, the wings are so close to the ground. But, it’a a nice concept anyway. 🙂

  • david says:

    cool!

  • Ace says:

    English translation of post:

    Looks great but in reality the wings are too close to the ground. But, it’s a nice concept anyway.

  • elleryxo says:

    awwww he made a pretty picture

  • Absolutely magnificent.

  • Kelly says:

    this plane is scary as shit! hehe. I really do appreciate the inspiration. It is scary looking because it is radically different, but the design is believable. Beautiful renderings too!

  • stephen russell says:

    Lovely design, problem:
    where to land plane since wingspan so Huge.
    Triple that of a 747 alone, then 1969 debut.
    Sweet shape, Make a nice Exec jet in smaller size.

  • Dave says:

    There’s something important about the ducting of the turbofan but can someone with more knowledge of aerodynamics confirm this for me?

    My limited understanding is that: Having the intake under the wing sucks air under there through entrainment and increases air pressure, having output above the wing at the trailing edge increases velocity of air up there, thus lowering the pressue. The system should result in increased lift.

    Questions are: will the process of manipulating the airflow through the ducting result in a net loss of efficiency over all?
    Will having the air intake sucking from the middle of the high pressure zone undo any increased increased lift?

    Its intruiging design… the plane is nice too but the engine concept has gotten me pondering.

  • Michael Bernard says:

    Great creativity; the blended winglets are graceful. The engine fan ducts mimic the real-world engine 3 on the Lockheed L-1011. Was that design your influence.? Keep up the great work and the beefy landing gear struts!

  • MDesigns says:

    Wonderful flowing lines. outstanding renderings.

  • alex says:

    ‘Inspired by the birdie’ 🙂 Sure, sure… I’d say a ripoff from Luigi Colani’s 2000 seater airliner. With much less inspiration than old Luigi.

  • Stephan says:

    THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!!

  • Brian says:

    I’ve seen this concept out on the net, I think it’s hilarious how serious people are taking it!

    It’s a “design study” i.e. not real, if you’re in any doubt here is the guys website to prove it:

    http://willbrowndesign.co.uk/#/lockheed-strato/4555540130

    Cool idea though, wonder if Lockheed have seen it?

  • 97views says:

    Look greate but in use, the wings are so close to the ground. But, it’a a nice concept anyway.

  • jsj23 says:

    amazing design , plus the image great!

  • av8r says:

    Limited understanding myself but it sounds as if you are referring to a blown flap. Sure… increasing the pressure below the wing, and decreasing the pressure abouve will result in a higher pressure differential but the overall question is at what cost?

    You certainly will have a loss os efficiency when vectoring the airways path around an obstical.

    Having a lift generating device tied to the throttle to me is not a good idea. On landing you get into arguably your highest lifting situation, wing need to generate most lift beacuse airspeed is low. You generally have flaps to both add drag, and lift so you can fly slowly. In a blown flap situation, you lose lift as you pull the throttle icreasing the stall speed and lengthening runway requirements.

    Also a slightly more complicated concept, driving thrust over the wing would cause the lift vector to shift aft with 2 consequences

    1. with the lift vector pointing aft you increase what is known as drag due to lift.

    2. you will induce a pitching moment, the nose will want to go down. Depinging on the pitching moment it may overpower you elevator’s ability to maintaing stright and level flight.

    All small problems but without question this aircraft concept is feesable, just maybe not terribly efficient i suspect.

  • jade says:

    the wings seem a bit low and given that as the craft takes off off the front half lifts up wouldn’t that lead to the wings touching the ground?

  • Non-Believer says:

    Any one had a look at the bird? I can not see how the bird inspired the plane design.

  • Turner says:

    too bad zero emissions is a lie.

  • Hunter says:

    Looks gorgeous! But does it actually fly?

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