Beautiful Concept Airship Looks 85 Years Into The Future

This whale-like entry into KLM Indonesia's aircraft design competition reminds me of the French "Manned Cloud" concept from a few years back. The WB-1010 would seat more than 1500 people, and use a combination of super-jet, helium and wind power.

The concept's designer, Reindy Allendra, imagines the aircraft being constructed from material similar to the giant Airbus A380's GLARE composite: Glass-Reinforced fibre Metal Laminate made of thin layers of metal and glass fibre.

The WB-1010 would supplement its fuel use with the ability to harvest wind energy into electricity. An extractable robotic stand would also be used during the craft's vertical landings.

Totally pie in the sky stuff, but very cool. Zoom in on the pic above for specifics. I wonder if United will actually have in-flight Wi-Fi on more than 13 planes 85 years from now? [Reindy Allendra via Yanko Design]


Comments

    im sad because i will be 100 when this happens. will i ever get to fly this plane. :(

    God, that thing (a) literally looks like it has been modelled on a whale and (b) is pictured in alarming way with its nose pointing down that makes it look like it is going to fall out of the sky at any moment. I have to say, epic whale fail in concept design.

    I do like the idea of having a transparent roof that lets you see stars in the VIP area, though. It'd be a wonderfully clear view when flying that high up. Methinks heat insulation in an area of glass that large would be an insurmountable challenge though.

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