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07/17/2006 03:51 AM ID: 55727 Permalink   

Planes of the Future to be Made of Plastic


President Alan Mulally of Boeing said Sunday that planes of the future would be made of non-metal materials or composites, and such materials could be ready within the decade.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, airlines suffered a huge downturn in both popularity and reliability. Plans for newer and better aircraft are still planned to help ensure that such events do not happen again.

Both building and maintenance costs are expected to be lower for the new aircraft. Mr. Mulally notes that new materials are already being used in the new 787 Dreamliner - expected to make its first flight next year.

    WebReporter: NicPre Show Calling Card      
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  Plastic Airplanes?  
I certainly hope the jet engines attached to the plastic wings have a good cooling system. Otherwise, I can see some highly unfortunate consequences, early into the flight. Yikes!

Sorry I couldn't resist.

Great post, Nicpre!

  by: Quantum1.5     07/17/2006 04:00 AM     
more dependence on oil.... keep it coming
  by: starlock   07/17/2006 05:53 AM     
  u think thats something  
i read awhile ago and on the discov channel and mil channel that america is making plastic tanks, yeah just use a flame thrower like on the army men toys we used to play with when we were young, but anyway they want a tank thats light enough to be on a smaller plane and all you have to do is drop in the engine and wire it up and connect everything which takes 4 hours and its ready to go. the point of it being as plastic as possible. is that after being shot in one area they are gonna make armor that can be placed on top, the armor is basically gonna hang over the tank and when it gets hit it can come off and new armor can be lay'd back on, the plastic will be massed produced so that can carry extra plates of armor for the tank its weird but hey firearms are becomming more and more polymer. why not with airplanes? the mili tary like it, they want to use it.
  by: DREKK   07/17/2006 07:15 AM     
  @ starlock  
haha, nice one!
  by: DarkAngelJG     07/17/2006 11:07 AM     
  @Quantum 1.5  
"Great post, Nicpre!"

Thanks man, very first news post I ever made. I see where I could improve the article slightly, which will help me in my future submissions. I had never felt compelled to submit news before, but I found this article interesting.

@Starlock - Exactly. Pretty sad, heh.
  by: NicPre     07/17/2006 12:31 PM     
"I had never felt compelled to submit news before"
Hope you feel more compelled then... your articles are interesting!
  by: DarkAngelJG     07/17/2006 01:03 PM     
At least when they crash....they'll bounce!!!
  by: Babagadoosh   07/17/2006 06:17 PM     
  Plastic isn't Plastic  
Hey folks, just a little FYI. Don't take the work 'Plastic' literally in this case. In this case the 'plastic' is used as a bonding agent to hold the stuctural members together, mostly carbon-fiber. When many strands of carbon-fiber are put together, they are stronger and lighter than either steel or aluminum. The point is this isn't the same stuff that your kid's toys are made of.
  by: testeng     07/17/2006 06:59 PM     
  THere are  
Already plastics that are stronger then some lower end aluminiums such as nylon.

They already are used in planes, just the non-essential parts like seats.
  by: thebackwardsman   07/17/2006 08:45 PM     
Thanks man, perhaps I will... Although I cannot guarantee they will all be interesting. That particular article sounded rediculous to me, so I posted it. Heh.

P.S. Maybe one day i'll be in the top 30 with you, heh.
  by: NicPre     07/17/2006 10:01 PM     
woman, girl, sister, anything you want to call me but i am not a man!
=P *wink*
  by: DarkAngelJG     07/17/2006 11:29 PM     
  How the hell will the.....  
radar controllers at the airport do their job now!
The planes won't show up on radar if they use stealth technology!
  by: cavador   07/18/2006 09:49 AM     
Forgive me for my ignorance, perhaps I should read people's profiles first. I probably would have said it anyway, honestly. I say "man" to my girlfriend.. Sorry ;) Allow me to start over,

Maybe one day i'll be in the top 30 with ya, girl.
"anything you want to call me" - Probably shouldn't say that to some people, they might take your word literally, haha.

Yes, the title was misleading on BBC as well. I was tempted to change it, but I realized that not all people may know what composites are, so I left it. Thanks for explaining it to everyone, I forgot to post and do that myself.

  by: NicPre     07/18/2006 10:02 PM     
haha, it's ok!
well, if i deserve what they want to call me (assuming it's bad) then i am willing to accept it (now don't try ur luck so u don't get a broken neck!);)
  by: DarkAngelJG     07/18/2006 10:54 PM     
If the military keeps their tanks supplied with armor the way they have their hummers in Iraq, then those tank crews are going to be in serious trouble.
  by: beltman713   07/19/2006 02:11 AM     
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