With a design that seems more like it is out of NASA laboratories or Lucasfilm Limited, Boeing debuted their new engines for the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 last year. There were some early mechanical failures that led people to assume that the designs were faulty, but Boeing quickly found the source of the problems and got the engines that were already in production fixed. Most of the errors boiled down to a few faulty parts, and not really the design itself from Boeing.
New Boeing 787 and 747 Engines Look Like Something Out Of Star Wars
These engines are part of the cutting edge technology coming out of both General Electric and also Rolls Royce. Both of these companies produce powerful and efficient engine options for the Boeing fleet. The overall design of these engines not only makes them look more futuristic than their predecessors, but it also adds to the efficiency and airflow of the engines.
The radical shaping kind of leaves some to wonder, were the engines efficient because they mimicked designs similar to retro space movies, or were those science fiction illustrators and designers really up to something when they were coming up with things long ago? Who is really influencing who here? Many technology fans may have seen how technology created since the 1960′s has been greatly influenced by science fiction shows like ‘Star Trek’. Perhaps movies like Star Wars are now rubbing off on the designs of the aerospace industry.
So the long and short is that not only are these engines fun to look at, but they work a lot better than traditional designs. The proof has been in the fuel efficiency achieved by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner compared to other aircraft of comparable size. The use of some composite materials in the aircraft body, along with these neat engines give the 787 an approximately 20% fuel savings advantage. This not only should equate in to a cleaner environment, but less fuel expenses, and lower airfare for customers. That’s all assuming that they more than make up for the added expense of using the composite materials in the aircraft, etc.
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New Boeing 787 and 747 Engines Look Like Something Out Of Star Wars.