Boeing Studies Birds to Reduce Air Burn in Aircraft Flight Formation

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  1. sam kleinman

    March 15, 2015 8:53 pm

    This idea sucks. I doubt the person suggesting this really knows what he is talking about. Can you imagine the stress put on pilots who fly in these formations. Eyes glued on other aircraft. One mid air collision and you have lost any gains made in fuel consumption. Put flight engineers back on large aircraft and they will save you some money. Ever hear of max range cruise air speed and optimum altitude. I was once on a flight to Guam then on to Clark AB., PI. The pilot wanted to overfly Guam. By flying max range cruise altitudes and airspeeds we arrived overhead Guam with enough fuel and receives to continue on to Clark AB. Thats the way to go.

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  2. Terry Justice

    March 18, 2015 4:53 am

    Lets see if I get this right I have to fly two planes to save fuel on one plane. So does the first plane run on fuel to? or does it just use air to stay in the sky.

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  3. Adonis Marrero

    March 21, 2015 5:01 am

    How many times we the human race keep learning stuff from the greatest school of all times,MOTHER NATURE,and yet we still destroy her everyday

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  4. loveflowers39

    April 16, 2015 5:53 pm

    Birds don't use one drop of petrol. Your planes use more gas in a half hour then I would use in a life time.

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  5. Micheal Tillinghast

    April 24, 2015 9:24 am

    http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/158/5/2/starships_chart_2_by_iankeenan-d3c4r78.jpg

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  6. joseluis gonzalez

    May 30, 2015 5:46 pm

    me gustan las aeronaves yo vivia de darles manteni miento soy  sargento tecnico de aviasion  de la fuersa aerea de el Salvador  donde se dise nuestra fuersa nodepende delo que tenemos sino delo que asesemos  con lo poco que tenemos y estamos ala hora y en cualquier lugar

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  7. Karicat Watts

    June 28, 2015 2:16 am

    Is this a C-17? I thought they were discontinued. Or phased out. Im out of the loop. But its my favorite plane. I see one fly over my head every day, here in Long Beach.
    I find that my generation is so in tune with the force. Vortex theory. I'm not a rocket scientist. Haha… But I kinda get it. Ya know. Thank you for planes. Now to go watch the scary bad ass ones….

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  8. Wolf Tank

    June 29, 2015 3:04 am

    Drafting helps a machine break through wind resistance therefore less energy is required while increasing velocity

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  9. Alfred Moses

    July 3, 2015 12:35 am

    In 1973, while flying from Spain to the USA, aboard a C-141, we were flying lead for another C-141 that was low on fuel, so to save fuel it was Surfing on our slip stream. It was able to fly all the way home to America, which it could not have done without mid-air refueling, otherwise.

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  10. DogSpit

    July 3, 2015 3:55 am

    Where do i buy an f16 and a million cannon rounds for my a10?

    Jk but i am interestid if i could throretecly purchase a f16 or A10

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  11. Andy G.

    July 3, 2015 7:44 pm

    The word is AEROPLANE. And AEROPLANES don't run on petrol. Jets use kerosene or, more properly, paraffin . OK ? So unless your car is a turbine powered vehicle, it doesn't compare.

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  12. David Allen

    July 4, 2015 6:17 pm

    Did no one listen to this video at all. He said that it was a software change that would track the lead aircraft. This would automate the formation while in a sort of autopilot mode.

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  13. charles miller

    July 9, 2015 4:44 pm

    Our Enemies should take note that freedom led to the invention of the atomic bomb. Most REAL Americans are not cringing Homosexuals, We are red blooded totally Conservative drop the Bomb on Mecca AMERICANS!

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  14. YouTubin

    April 5, 2016 2:11 am

    Criminal Boeing… where are "contrails"?!
    Operation Indigo Skyfold… stratospheric aerosol injection; to block some of the sun's thermal energy to combat global warming… Or, so they say.

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  15. Icey embrace

    April 24, 2016 11:26 pm

    why does Boeing have commercials? are there that many people who buy airplanes? I wonder if anyone who watches these commercials will say to themselves, "so many aircraft manufacturers, gotta chose only one, though."

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  16. Gelato73 AGUSTIN

    May 9, 2016 12:25 am

    Birds hold mysteries and know there will be a new medicine to regrow hearing hair cells in humans and know flight

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  17. martyre king

    May 16, 2016 12:43 am

    let's find a way to go bomb and kill people in other countries while saving fuel we steal from them…cool .

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  18. jsbrads1

    May 26, 2016 10:16 pm

    Very cool. I'll be working on my Ph.D. in this area once funding is resolved. My focus would be to get it working on the same aircraft. I'll see you then.

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  19. Jillylove 101

    May 29, 2016 7:21 pm

    More subliminal brainwashing by the military industrial complex to use for killing innocent children globally!
    Get star powered, go solar! No brainier. Always money for war, but what about the people of this country? We need education, healthcare, infrastructure, clean water, climate crisis solutions! That what makes a country strong, not how many bombs, weapons, how many killed, sic !The end of the war machine has arrived .Wake up!

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  20. Mike Oravetz

    August 31, 2016 9:16 am

    l was in Long Beach CA when the first C 17 took off. Some where I have a 5×7 color picture of it. Was standing on top floor of parking garage and took the pic. It is shame that the program shut down and ALL aircraft production is gone from Long Beach.

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  21. Karicat Watts

    December 3, 2016 6:48 am

    What does it mean when someone replies to your comment by just leaving your name??? I really hope someone will kindly clue me in. Cuz I like to know these things.
    Remember, there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers. 💚

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