The Flying-V is a design for a highly energy-efficient long-distance aeroplane. Computer calculations have predicted that the aircraft’s improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to today’s most advanced aircraft. KLM has been a partner in the project since 2019.

This summer, a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot of Technische Universiteit Delft travelled to an airbase in Germany for the first test flight. After a period of extensive testing in the wind tunnel and a series of ground tests, it was time to find out: can it actually fly?

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