A new prototype airplane aspects a screen instead of a front-facing window in its cockpit. The engineering is closer to the mainstream than it voices.
Airplane design has basically remained unchanged for decades. The vast majority of planes are variants on the same basic motif: A cigar-shaped body with a cockpit where aviators can see the front of the skill. That pattern cause may be about to change. Last month, the Dutch airline KLM announced it would fund research into an offbeat, V-shaped aircraft body. And now, a brand-new prototype airplane being developed by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin for NASA will change the latter.
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