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Boeing studies flying geese formation to save fuel cost

Leap in efficiency could be achieved without investing in structural makeovers or futuristic tech

Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg 

Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have found an inexpensive way to cut airline fuel bills by borrowing a trick from the world’s greatest long-distance aviators: Migratory birds. By lining up cruising aircraft in a V-shaped formation favoured by Canada geese, carriers would be able to produce a leap in efficiency without investing in structural makeovers or futuristic technology. The idea is to link the flying convoys safely using navigation and collision-avoidance tools that already are widely installed in cockpits. “Think of a car ...

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 03:11 IST