Feathers For Wings? Airbus Unveils Falcon Inspired ‘Bird of Prey’ Airliner Concept

Built with steel feathers, this new plane concept literally flies like an eagle! Airbus’s new Bird of Prey hybrid concept takes its engineering cues from wild nature. Inspired by the flying mechanics of eagles, the European aerospace company has created a new plane concept to prove it. With fierce design and futuristic technology, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Bird Of Prey is the latest comic book invention, but in fact it’s the latest conceptual aircraft.

Bird of Prey Concept with Feathered Wings

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s kind of both? The new revolutionary design is meant to look a little like a “bird of prey” in hopes of inspiring aerospace engineers. The concept is a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft intended for regional transportation. It features slightly curved wings and tails that look like a bird’s feathers. Perhaps, the steel feathers on the edge of the wings and tail are meant to provide active flight control. But as wild as the design and feathers may be, what’s most intriguing about the plane is a high-tech propulsion system that could reduce fuel burn by 30 to 50 percent. In fact, it can make the flight much more sustainable than it already is.

Hybrid-electric Planes based on Bio-mimicry

The bird like plane concept relies on the theory of Bio-mimicry. Going as far back as Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century, people have seen birds as inspirations for mechanical flight. But Airbus has specifically predator birds in mind like eagle and falcon. The unique tail and wing features mimics those of a bird of prey, eagle. Though Airbus’ idea of Bio-mimicry in the design and structure inspired by nature is a thought concept, it certainly gives an exciting glimpse into the future of the aviation sector- ground-breaking, fuel efficient and immensely innovative, demonstrating the strength and creativity of British engineering.

Bird of Prey Concept unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show
Bird of Prey Concept unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show

The Bird of Prey concept will create a ‘wow’ factor and inspire young people to consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector. Though it’s not revealed when this new, bird-like design will be hitting runways, but its certain that it could get anyone excited about air travel.

U.K. Pioneer of Aerospace

The U.K. is a pioneer of aerospace and engineering with half the world flying on U.K.-designed and built aircraft wings. Bird of Prey highlights the U.K.’s high value design credentials and reinforces its position as a global leader of innovation and engineering excellence. And while nations strive to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before, Airbus’ Bird of Prey concept sparks excitement in the industry as another pioneering advance towards sustainability.


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