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What Future Air Travel Might Look Like, or Not
"This whale-like entry into KLM Indonesia's aircraft design competition reminds me of the French "Manned Cloud" concept from a few years back. The WB-1010 would seat more than 1,500 people, and use a combination of super-jet, helium, and wind power. The concept's designer, Reindy Allendra, imagines the aircraft being constructed from material similar to the giant Airbus A380's GLARE composite: Glass-Reinforced Fiber Metal Laminate made of thin layers of metal and glass fiber. The WB-1010 would supplement its fuel use with the ability to harvest wind energy into electricity. An extractable robotic stand would also be used during the craft's vertical landings."
"On Monday the 27th October 2004, the [late] U.S. American adventurer Steve Fossett and his Co-Pilot Hans-Paul Stroehle set a new speed world record for airships. They were flying the 1000 meter course in both directions with an average speed of 111.8 km/hour [69.4 mph]."
"Strato Cruiser Airship, Floating Along Without Wings or Reality - The rich are different from you and me, so maybe they'll have time to ride in this Strato Cruiser Airship, sitting back and getting pedicures while this helium-lifted carbon fiber blimp lumbers along. The design concept calls for spectacular restaurants inside staffed by star chefs, a spa, private suites, office space, a swimming pool and even a resident DJ. If this all gets too boring for you, the designers also plan to install a bungee-jumping platform."