Saturday, 26 September 2015

Boeing Just Patented This Weird Cargo-Grabbing Plane

READ MOREBoeing Cargo Plane Patent FiguresCargo containers are as universal as trade itself, finding their way onto trucks, freight trains, and ocean-going vessels. Their uniform, boxy shape and sharp edges make them instantly stackable, but not terribly aerodynamic. For transport by air, that usually means fitting square pegs into round planes. A new plane design by Boeing, granted a patent this week, could change that. Instead of slotting cargo containers into a round tube, the Boeing plane would line them up longwise in a neat row, then lower its aerodynamic body on top. Here’s what that looks like:

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