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U.S. Air Force Goes Vortex Surfing to Cut Fuel Consumption

U.S. Air Force Goes Vortex Surfing to Cut Fuel Consumption | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

The United States Air Force (USAF) is taking flying lessons from geese and spiny lobsters. This may seem like the mother of all bureaucratic errors, but there’s actually some pretty solid science behind it. In exploiting a phenomenon known as “vortex surfing,” the USAF has found that by having C-17 cargo planes flying in formation, it can reduce fuel consumption by up to ten percent.

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Taking Cues from Birds to Green the Airline Industry

Taking Cues from Birds to Green the Airline Industry | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

A team of doctoral students from the Aeronautics and Astronautics program at Stanford University conceptualized a way for commercial planes to save fuel by flying in formation. “In principle, the idea of flying aircraft in formation is the same as for migrating birds,” said Tristan Flanzer, one of the team members. “While in formation, birds experience lower drag and therefore can fly further. Aircrafts can take advantage of the same principles to reduce their drag."

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