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Greener by Design Group Proposes "Flying Wings" for Commercial Aviation

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and control climate change, the Greener by Design group is proposing radical changes for the future of the aviation industry. The Greener by Design group is made up of Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and the UK Department for Transport. The group envisions planes built as "flying wings" to provide a more efficient mode of transportation.

These planes are based on designs from the 60's and will create far less drag and consume a third of the fuel used by today's cigar-shaped fuselage aircraft. With new advances in plastics, the planes could be built from light-weight toughened plastic, making them even lighter than current aluminum planes. Airbus is working on a flying wing design project funded by the European Union, and is expected to present their research in 2009.

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