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The Turbine-Powered, Chevy Volt of Airliners Looks Fantastic

• Wired.com
 

The European aerospace consortium EADS has recently shown everything from its largest airliner, the Airbus A380, to its latest electric airplane idea, the E-Fan. But tucked inside the company’s huge chalet at the Paris Air Show was a small model where the two concepts meet — in 2050.

The E-Thrust project is part of the EADS Innovation Works program, a partnership with engine maker Rolls-Royce. The two companies are looking at ways to meet the European Commission’s future vision of air travel, which includes dramatic reductions in emissions and noise.

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