Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel

Airplanes of the future might change the shape of their wings as they fly.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM December 22, 2006

Airplanes of the future might change the shape of their wings as they fly.

A Michigan-based company called FlexSys has created shape-shifting wings that recently performed well in flight tests. And these special wings do more than just look cool. The tests found that aircraft with morphing wings are likely to use less fuel than do traditional airplane designs.

A silver-colored test wing, mounted vertically beneath a jet, has a changeable trailing edge. Its developers completed flight tests of this new wing last month.

A silver-colored test wing, mounted vertically beneath a jet, has a changeable trailing edge. Its developers completed flight tests of ...

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