The Plane That Will Change Travel Forever

Published on Aug 2, 2021
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy ( )
Animator: Mike Ridolfi ( )
Sound: Graham Haerther ( )
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  • Real Engineering

    Real Engineering

    8 days ago

    Spiral notebooks sold out, but the moleskin styles ones are still in stock!

    • Sharptooth Trex

      Sharptooth Trex

      3 days ago

      That plane is great for Air Canada, American Airlines and all over the world, including China, Hong Kong, North and South Korea.

    • Kit von Sück

      Kit von Sück

      4 days ago

      @Kev Your employer will. Your notes are a company asset and you should treat your notes that way. For copyright purposes, you need to sign and date pages. Good Luck with your career going forward.

    • Kev


      7 days ago

      As a recent graduate engineer. Essentially no student engineer is going to pay $20 for a notebook, you need to focus on the graduates.

  • NoC Gaming

    NoC Gaming

    Hour ago

    27:00 That Omega Speedmaster is definetly for college students.

  • Peter Williams

    Peter Williams

    Hour ago

    This is crazy what about the Vulcan bomber the British done this years ago

  • Nenge Mboko

    Nenge Mboko

    6 hours ago

    Finally a plane where almost every seat can be a middle seat!

  • Vincent Cimato

    Vincent Cimato

    8 hours ago

    Not with a dust mask on - that is for sure.

  • MrVipitis


    10 hours ago

    Another B2 did crash recently.
    Why planes? Wouldn't Airships like Zeppelins be a better solution for travel?

  • Calvin Sylveste

    Calvin Sylveste

    10 hours ago

    How can this work, isn't using fly by wire instead of passive safety considered corporate greed?

  • Connor Kearley

    Connor Kearley

    10 hours ago


  • Drummer Dave's House

    Drummer Dave's House

    13 hours ago

    Flying saucers! Better technology from another world. Wake up humans.

  • End Of times

    End Of times

    16 hours ago

    7:37 “along side nasa” ??!! Isn’t nasa funded by our taxes??!! So air fare should be cheaper for USA residents/citizens??!! Once this plane is ready.

  • Omid M.

    Omid M.

    21 hour ago

    Is it possible we could see a blended wing craft utilizing that ion propulsion jet China says could be ready in 10 yrs?

  • Dave Monro

    Dave Monro

    22 hours ago

    If these are only available as Boeings then I will stop flying. Airbus are much safer than anything Boeing makes.

  • Mark Rowland

    Mark Rowland

    Day ago

    The propaganda about the square windows of the Comet jet planes that broke, was exposed thirty years ago. The rivet holes for a square navigation window, above the navigate, were not drilled but punched, leaving broken jaggered edges that were the genesis of the cracks that tore the metal apart. The passenger window's frames, well designed, never failed.

  • Guitarzan


    Day ago

    what about yaw control? (only 9:49 into the video, but curious why the absense of the vertical stabilizer hasn't yet been contemplated)....

  • Mark Rowland

    Mark Rowland

    Day ago

    The enormous Convair B36 bomber was seriously proposed as an airliner but got no interest. Neither did the Princess flying boat nor the Brabazon. A passenger version of the C5 was proposed with a thousand seats but rejected. The gigantic Airbus is out of production. these big planes are not required.

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    Day ago

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  • J Wydłubak

    J Wydłubak

    Day ago

    Please allow me to point out a few mistakes I believe I spotted in this otherwise fine video.
    Re: Stability @ 8:36 ("the tail is constantly working to counter these forces to push the plane back into desired direction of flight")
    Actually it is not the tail that stabilizes a plane in a level flight when it encounters turbulence. It is exactly that distance between the center of gravity and the center of lift. Placing the former being in front of the latter creates a negative feedback loop that provides the stability of a level flight. It works like this.
    The center of gravity (a.k.a. center of mass) is a point (an axis going perpendicular to the screen if we consider a side view) around which the plane revolves when executing maneuvers as well as when it hits turbulence. If a plane hits a turbulence that increases its lift (e.g. a thermal) the increased lift creates a momentum which causes the plane to pitch down and (!) decrease the lift created by wings due to their movement through the air. When COG and COL overlap, or worse, COG is behind the COL a positive feedback is created: turbulence increases the lift, the lift creates momentum that lifts the nose and increases the angle of attack, the lift increases further, rinse and repeat.
    The horizontal stabilizer only works in a steady state to counter the momentum created by the COG-COL arm and it actually decreases the efficiency of the negative feedback loop described above.
    Of course, for a real plane to maintain stable level flight horizontal stabilizer is also important, but the major part of the plane's stability comes from the offset between COG and COL.
    Re: "blended wing body would need constant active course correction" @ 9:34
    That is only half true. Flying wings are very popular among RC hobbyists and they don't suffer from the lack of a horizontal stabilizer at all (same as ordinary planes with delta wings). The main problem for RC flying wings' course stability is the lack of vertical stabilizer. To compensate for that sufficiently big winglets are attached at the wingtips. Exactly @ 10:14 we can see these funny ailerons that go both up and down, they are actually automatically controlled aerodynamic breaks which replace vertical stabilizer.
    Again. B-2 in particular may by unstable in all three directions (yaw, pitch and roll) but in general a flying wing can be inherently stable pitch-wise and roll-wise (dihedral).

  • Rod Munch

    Rod Munch

    Day ago

    What he leaves out is that Boeing thought it would save a few dollars by outsourcing software on the Max, paying some dummies in Asia like $12/hr to do the work instead of using US programmers that would demand much higher salaries - oh, and do it correctly so you're not crashing planes every other month. That was your corporate greed. Also the investigations show that the reason these failures happened in 3rd world countries, and not in the west, had to do with the poor training of pilots there.

  • Rod Munch

    Rod Munch

    Day ago

    I don't give 2 cents about the environmental crap - just tell me, is it going to be more comfortable, have more space, and keep the prices low? If so, then I'm all for itt.

  • Jay Perrin

    Jay Perrin

    Day ago

    A minor critique: there's no such word as deboarding. Deplaning is what you meant ;)

  • dilipkumar patel

    dilipkumar patel

    Day ago

    I don’t like the way the engines are protruding out from the rear of the craft, it looks ugly. The engines at the rear need to be built in to the craft in a stream lined fashion. ( just like the way the engines of concord were designed), So as to create better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
    Also, the virtual window idea is a bad one. We need real windows to see actual scenery. The pilot’s windows need to be slightly bigger in their respective dimensions and concaving to go around the corner a little more, so the pilots can fully take advantage of their perifural vision. The wings can have tiny holes in front of them to collect in flowing air when the craft is in motion, so that the air can be compressed and channeled into tiny turbines to make electricity, to power the instruments and lighting. Looking at the craft from a Birdseye perspective, the craft requires 3 strategically placed parachute pods. This is so, that if the engines fail , the craft can become a glider and can have a controlled descend , where by the pods open up to release 3 huge parachutes for a soft and safe landing.

  • Jack Fuller

    Jack Fuller

    Day ago

    we can make up for the windows by making the bottom transparent, so people can just look down if they wanna look outwards



    Day ago

    Great video. Thoroughly researched. Thanks so much.

  • James Cole

    James Cole

    Day ago

    too much history.

  • Chai


    Day ago

    this was super interesting



    2 days ago

    We are gradually nearing alien flight technology. Maybe we will be able to chase them into space when we sight them and eventually communicate

  • alenuikuau


    2 days ago


  • Christopher Banbury

    Christopher Banbury

    2 days ago

    Designers have known about all of these efficiencies for decades. Hopefully the fate of the 737 Max 8 will discourage Boeing from stretching 50 year old tube and wing models until they break it.

  • Trascy Jaac

    Trascy Jaac

    2 days ago

    Are you sure the whole thing wasn't CGI?

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  • Cheiron19


    2 days ago

    One of the items you passed over rapidly was the infrastructure requirements for a plane of this design. When you consider that not a single airport has the facilities to handle one of these planes, the time frame for developing and building the infrastructure, and the potential for requiring larger tracts of land to enable high-density flight operations, this becomes a little harder to envision. Take a look at LAX and the International Terminal there, it can handle about 13 or 14 large intercontinental capable aircraft. If the footprint of one of these planes is larger than a current airframe, then you reduce the space available for terminal operations. You would have to space the terminal further away from each other to enable ingress and egress of aircraft from the terminal and widen current taxiways. The costs would be prohibitive and significantly impact current airport operations. Maybe in 20 years, if they started the planning now and putting the money aside to make it happen, otherwise I wouldn't hold my breath.
    A comparative look at the proposed size of one of these aircraft, particularly from an overhead perspective, would have been even more informative.

  • Peter Huxley

    Peter Huxley

    2 days ago

    Of course to be properly eco-friendly, the future aeroplane will produce no pollution at all in flight, nor will any pollution come from its construction. Neither will there be any CO2 released into the atmosphere as passengers and crew make their way to travel to, on, or from it. Perhaps we could unicorns for world-wide travel instead.
    Some may say I'm taking the **** but unless we are to be transported back to the middle ages and thus give up all of the comfort advantages of modern living, there will always be some pollution of the environment, not to mention the desire for control of said environment by human beings. The kind of technology being referred to in this video might help a little but what kind of society will we have if only rich people can afford to travel farther than just around the corner?

  • Daniel De Ponte

    Daniel De Ponte

    2 days ago

    Loved the last part. I feel the same.

  • Gil Garcia

    Gil Garcia

    2 days ago

    Eco friendly is a farce when you consider the number of planes in the air pumping co2 directly into the atmosphere.

  • Darin Davis

    Darin Davis

    2 days ago

    We were supposed to have flying cars by 2000.. All I heard when I was a kid in the 70s.
    The world is gonna end in 12 years anyway, so....

  • ted Perrera

    ted Perrera

    2 days ago

    Utter joke all this new technology never been tested as jet liners however british beat us technology with tried and tested variant going back to 1970s or 50 year tech with concorde needs new carbon fibre light body materials plus newer high powered rolls royce engines to take back lead no need for mcdonnel untried prototypes they will succumb to failiures.

  • Aaron S

    Aaron S

    2 days ago

    i bet this was a good video. But i gave it a thumbs down because i kept seeing a shitty disney ad every 3 minutes. thumbs down for letting them screw up your content and pollute it with repepitive ads.

  • Kevin McDonald

    Kevin McDonald

    2 days ago

    Maybe one of your best works. Fantastic production values. Spent the last twenty years of a forty plus year R&D career directing development groups. Your approach to instructing the subject is so well balanced, comprehensive, and understandable, I am often in awe. Kudos.
    And for those lamenting the slow slog to creation for concepts like these; I would invite you to dig into the process beyond Popular Mechanics articles. There are no easy answers 99% of the time.

  • Donmontero Don

    Donmontero Don

    2 days ago

    Hopefully X48 Wingspan able to accomadate the standed lenght of the Runway and Taxiway of all International Airport.

  • Bjowolf2


    2 days ago

    So why is the center of gravity typically placed well in front of the center of lift on a conventional tube & wings airliner?
    For safety reasons? ( stability & avoiding stall )
    And wouldn't it make sense to at least have them closer together?

  • Aaron White

    Aaron White

    2 days ago

    Ah yes, a fellow "All Caps" note taker.

  • J Rome’

    J Rome’

    2 days ago

    But I don't want plans need long way from airport it's should be like f 35 get on the aircraft carrier
    And I would love to change airbus body's dangerous for passengers because

  • bee2hive


    2 days ago

    Don`t suppress zero on your graphs.

  • Brawlin Harry

    Brawlin Harry

    2 days ago

    the pokemon craze has gone too far!
    stop wasting billions on a real life togekiss you maciacs!

  • Doug Martin

    Doug Martin

    3 days ago

    Regrettably the information on the MCAS system and the 2 B737-MAX crashes was incorrect. MCAS was designed and was to be sold with two sets of sensors. The aircraft in the 2nd crash was fitted with 2 sensors. The contribution of the crew to the mishap should also have been addressed. But that would not have fit into the storyline.

  • Mike King

    Mike King

    3 days ago

    I don’t trust it. I explored scores of them crashed all over Fallout 4! 😂

  • Ian Simpson

    Ian Simpson

    3 days ago

    I have dreamed of WIG - Wing in Ground Effect aircraft or should I say boat craft, maybe truck craft. I can not fathom why they have not ruled the world by now. Maybe it will need Russia to revive or for China to jump in with its cash and smarts. Russia, China doing a joint venture. Imagine 1500 passenger planes, taking longer but whats the hurry with night club, gym, restaurant, sleepers. Imagine 500 tonnes of cargo at a time, taking apples, fish, fresh produce from Australia to Japan in 2-3 days rather than a ship in a month. Scale down all the way to a bus service between islands at 100 knots with regular diesel car engines. Truckers of Australia winging it across the plains and deserts with livestock and fresh produce in hours rather than days.

  • Scott Winter

    Scott Winter

    3 days ago

    Is it electric???

  • Brony Clopper

    Brony Clopper

    3 days ago

    But can it do barrel roll?

  • _MrMatrix_


    3 days ago

    a bit big though

  • christopher brown

    christopher brown

    3 days ago

    Looks rather like the Arado E555 from the mid 1940's.

  • Tom Cummin

    Tom Cummin

    3 days ago

    To be frank the blended wing body is all well and good from an engineering standpoint but one thing was left unaddressed here. The aircraft footprint on the ground and making a commercially viable aircraft of this pattern in passenger capacities required by the airlines that can be accommodated in existing airports without requiring wholescale reconstruction of airside facilities from ramps and gates to taxiways. I'd also be interested in a study using this geometry with a focus on the efficient evacuation of passengers and crew in a timely manner. Air travel is not merely about wheels up to wheels down.

  • A De

    A De

    3 days ago

    Agree with you about the MCAS. Criminal..............

  • Faith Hill deVersailles

    Faith Hill deVersailles

    3 days ago

    We at founders of stealth will be congratulating ourselves further for the honor of patronizing stealth for future commercial flights .

  • James Wyse

    James Wyse

    3 days ago

    The de Havilland DH.106 Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner.

  • Goupi Goupi

    Goupi Goupi

    4 days ago

    To hell with fuel consumption.

  • Para


    4 days ago

    Robort C Martin keeps warning us software engineers

  • D C

    D C

    4 days ago


  • Bruce Bartman

    Bruce Bartman

    4 days ago

    Blah Blah Blah It won't happen!

  • Viscus Dribble

    Viscus Dribble

    4 days ago

    amazing channel!!!!!!!!!!! I got so much from this. thank you.

  • Gaming Space

    Gaming Space

    4 days ago

    4:19 is that a doncus on his screen ?

  • conny lake

    conny lake

    4 days ago

    From space ships to non stick pans.

  • Stephen Day

    Stephen Day

    4 days ago

    I'm curious if the scientists and engineers have considered the dimpled exterior.

  • Lukas Klüpfel

    Lukas Klüpfel

    4 days ago

    25:20 What is Johnny Sins doing at NASA?

  • Panagiotis Grigorakis

    Panagiotis Grigorakis

    4 days ago

    Hmm, hydrogen, big internal spaces. Now, where have I have see this again?

  • Oded Shoshani

    Oded Shoshani

    4 days ago


  • Until Further Notice

    Until Further Notice

    5 days ago

    4:19 Middle monitor. Haha. I'm such a child

  • Ken P

    Ken P

    5 days ago

    I was at Boeing when Sonic Cruiser, Dreamliner and Blended Wing were all being considered for the next big thing. I was kinda sad that 787 won out. With Blended wing, you could build out a whole family of different size aircraft for passengers and cargo with 60-80% common parts. Oh, and one more benefit he missed - Square cargo containers :)
    It's too bad, between the $30B 787 lost and the whole Max disaster, and the delays to their shiny new 777, I don't think Boeing will ever get back to blended wing.

  • Max Wolfe

    Max Wolfe

    5 days ago

    The problem with air travel is the air circulation system which not only takes air from close to the engines giving us oil fumes it does not have any clean air or oxygen refill in it.
    The pilots do not even bother to blow out the old air from the previous flights & all passengers are breathing everybody elses exhalations.
    And do the mechanics or anyone ever bother to clean the air filters?
    Not to mention the fact that they are spreading & recycling any viruses that a passenger has to everyone else.

    • Appable


      4 days ago

      @Max Wolfe There is air in the atmosphere over 5000 feet, that's why airplane engines have an air inlet... it is lower pressure than at sea level, so the engines are used to compress the air and then deliver it to the cabin. Cabins are not completely sealed; about half the air is recycled after being filtered and half is discharged (and resupplied from the compressor).

    • Max Wolfe

      Max Wolfe

      5 days ago

      There is no air in the atmosphere over 5,000 feet that's why cabins are pressurised & sealed. The oil from the engines happens when the engines are started on the ground when the bearings are worn.

    • Appable


      5 days ago

      I mean... the air in the atmosphere is definitely clean and has oxygen. Fume events are definitely a concern but are rare; generally you are not breathing in oil fumes, and if you are it would certainly be very obvious and considered a significant problem. Air in the cabin is certainly recirculated

  • Mariejules Jiy

    Mariejules Jiy

    5 days ago

    Hello everyone thanks for having me .

  • happy camper

    happy camper

    5 days ago

    looks like a bat ray fish

  • Andrew Bogle

    Andrew Bogle

    5 days ago

    New cutting-edge flight technology but no-one much able to fly because of raging pandemics. This one may be the just a harbinger of much worse to come. Aeronautic hubris of the first order. Virtual tourism and Zoom meetings are an alternative future to flying hither and thither.

  • Tancred De Hauteville

    Tancred De Hauteville

    5 days ago

    Not sure this can work. Where will passengers sit? People want to look out of windows.

  • B Schraaf

    B Schraaf

    5 days ago

    How about this one, Dutch developed. Can't wait for a fullsize demo. 👍👍👍👍Dutch ingenuity at its best.😁😁😁
    Kijk 'KLM & TU Delft present: Flying the model Flying-V' op YouTube

  • Koi Tou

    Koi Tou

    5 days ago

    rudders still look cool on them right? ... right?

  • Ian Manders

    Ian Manders

    5 days ago

    First flight 27 July 1949
    Introduction 2 May 1952 with BOAC
    The de Havilland DH.106 Comet was the world's first commercial jet airliner.
    The Boeing 707-120 first flew on December 20, 1957. Pan American World Airways began regular 707 service on October 26, 1958. Source: Wikipedia

  • Gary Brownfield

    Gary Brownfield

    5 days ago

    I traveled many thousands international miles in last 10 years as long as airlines enforce the LIES and FRAUD of COVID and viruses. They can give the ticket away, I will not quarantine or PCR illegal test. Ty

  • 蔡 世杰

    蔡 世杰

    5 days ago

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  • earthstewardude


    5 days ago

    Change air travel forever? Ha Ha... soon you'll have to bring your own jet fuel if you want a ride. We've fucked up this world so much that soon there'll be no place worth flying to.

  • Gary Carkeek

    Gary Carkeek

    6 days ago

    Brought to you by the Flying Death Company itself. They have already changed travel forever, lol

  • Abishek Goski

    Abishek Goski

    6 days ago

    I am just saying, Boeing gives 0 shits about the environment, if they could any money by making it less environmentally friendly they would

  • Kenneth Paz

    Kenneth Paz

    6 days ago

    Check Natilus.



    6 days ago

    Among the best, most cogent presentations I've seen in a while. Thank you!

  • John Smith

    John Smith

    6 days ago

    This is why pilots aren't going away anytime soon!

  • William Starklauf

    William Starklauf

    6 days ago

    Was anyone at Boeing criminally charged in those 737 murders???

  • Viper Stew

    Viper Stew

    6 days ago

    Horrible sibilance! Learn how to do sound, please!

  • casbott


    6 days ago

    Simplest way to reduce fuel cost per passenger mile is to get Americans to lose weight.

  • Alan Day

    Alan Day

    6 days ago


  • John Alden

    John Alden

    6 days ago

    Monkey squat! Balderdash! Eliminate windows altogether. Replace with a camera feed. Up , down left, right, forward and back. An optimum viewing feed directly to the seat's TV.

  • Tashiko Weinstein

    Tashiko Weinstein

    6 days ago

    I need my windows!! I am not giving up my windows for innovation!

  • Davie Dood

    Davie Dood

    6 days ago

    I said this a while back many years ago. If they could FLATTEN the shape and get it away from the tube, it could cut through the air alot better. They try to mimic nature and machineize it if that's even a word.
    My theory was that of an ARROW. the flat arrow head type. The stealth bomber was a good thing. I was thinking if they could get it even flatter than that.
    Another theory I came up with, is mold injected planes. Would be several sections of the mold bolted together, melt the metal, and one big pour or pressurized injection into the mold until filled. Allowed to cool 24 hrs, mold un bolted, stored away, then the object sprayed down for faster cooling safely without cracking.
    Less bolts and parts that can suffer from wear and tear etc. The harnesses and wiring easily ran through the body, panels installed, windows etc.
    You can churn out planes VERY quickly. Maybe this new f35 could be made in mass via this method. Cheaper production costs, time labor, etc. You can have a lot of fighters quickly.
    And when crafts are damaged, can easily remelt them down and RE poured into a new mold along with new metal added into the mix. However seen fit at that moment.
    No clue if any engineer will ever come across my Comment and give any advice or thoughts. If so much appreciated. Many thanks. 💪 ❤

  • Yiglic Persfactious

    Yiglic Persfactious

    6 days ago

    Boeing, where ideas go to die.

  • quaz imodo

    quaz imodo

    6 days ago

    Excellent description of your learning process @ about 26:00. Thanks for your efforts.

  • C MW

    C MW

    6 days ago

    But....the windows are my favorite part of flying!

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    Gio Gwno

    6 days ago

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  • Kevin Tunnicliff

    Kevin Tunnicliff

    6 days ago

    Should be mandated to be electric, like people are being forced into with their cars.

    • Appable


      5 days ago

      @Kevin Tunnicliff It seems to be, as it should, a case-by-case basis. Electric cars are definitely becoming more mature, so incentives for them definitely make sense at this point. Electric aircraft are a research topic at this point.

    • Kevin Tunnicliff

      Kevin Tunnicliff

      5 days ago

      @Appable Not yet. If people got to be green washed by the electric car 'fake agenda' then transportation should be under the same rules. Ships, aircraft, boats, military vehicles, all power stations in all the world.

    • Appable


      5 days ago

      Nobody is mandating electric cars, and electric cars are far more practical and near-term than electric aircraft.

  • YK Chan

    YK Chan

    6 days ago

    This could be a cross disciplinary silly idea utilizing a military vehicle form shape for civilian transportation. Enemy may confused weather their target is civilians plane or not.
    At one time two plane share a common form factor and different discipline, one of which was Concord.

  • Florin Adrian

    Florin Adrian

    6 days ago

    Nah, man, the real revolution is electric propulsion.

  • Paul shockie

    Paul shockie

    6 days ago

    for cryuing out loud do you wish to do some youtube video with your advertising its a joke

  • salty roe

    salty roe

    6 days ago

    1. Arado Ar234 is the first jet with conventional layout
    2. Nothrop explored a flying wing airliner when they were building the 1st flying wing bomber. The real problem with a flying wing airliner is that where one puts the passengers has to be tall. This makes the passenger section too thick for efficient flight at expected cruise speeds. The only practical design is a slow turbo prop flying wing
    3. Good ideas don't make profitable airplanes. The giant airbus is better than a 747 but big planes are not what the airlines want.