Washington: Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has come up with the idea of building see-through passenger planes in the future, one that will have a completely transparent fuselage.
The concept works by the captain pushing a button, which in turn sends an electrical pulse through a high-tech ceramic skin, which then makes the main body of the plane see-through.
The extraordinary design would allow travellers to look down on cities and landscapes thousands of feet below or gaze up at the heavens, giving them the sensation of floating unassisted through the sky.
“Passengers in an airplane like this would experience flight in a completely new way,” Fox News quoted Airbus’ head of research and technology, Axel Krein, as telling German news magazine Der Spiegel.
Though the proposal might seem far-fetched, it is one of a number of plans being considered by engineers at the European aerospace giant.
“This smarter structure would help to make the aircraft lighter and more cost-efficient while giving the passenger 360 degree views of the skies,” the company said.
“The planes of the future will offer an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the wonders of the five continents -- where you will be able see the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower through the transparent floor of the aircraft,” it stated.
Airbus unveiled the concept “The Future, By Airbus”, written by the giant manufacturer for July’s Farnsborough Air Show.
“We told our engineers to give their imaginations free rein. What emerged were completely realistic visions of flight in the year 2050,” Krein added.