What Makes Airplanes Light Enough To Fly?

The materials used for aircraft engineering have changed considerably since the advent of flight. How do engineers choose what airplanes are made of?

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Aerospace materials - past, present, and future
"Constant pressure for greater fuel efficiency is forcing aerospace manufacturers to find ways to incorporate new and existing materials that had once been considered impractical to machine."

Dreamliner designed so fliers can breathe easy
"Like airline food and airport security, the cabin air in jetliners is something we love to hate. It's so dry it can make throats itch and eyes water. It's so low in oxygen that it can induce headaches or dizziness or it can make us tired. Airplane maker Boeing (BA) heard all those gripes and is promising to do something about them."

Fusion Reactor Powers Futuristic Airliner
"If today's aviation advances aren't moving fast enough for you - tray table technology hasn't budged in decades - you'll want to check out the futuristic visions of Spanish industrial designer Oscar Viñals."


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