Story suggested by Rubes Carter Saturday 13 March
Plane seats on the wing is a notion which looks like it may be fun and cool. Closer examination of the idea reveals a number of probably fatal flaws.
Flying on a wing and a prayer was a description of the desperate condition some shot up aircraft returning home after raids on enemy territory, only just getting home…. or not.
Then there are wing walkers who perform crazy stunts for entertainment purposes – not very many people have that sort of confidence. My tummy wobbles just thinking about it.
At the speeds that aircraft move, it would not be easy reading a book or drinking coffee on the wing; conversation and safety announcements would be a tad awkward too. You would have to rug up too -those lightweight airline dishcloth blankets won’t keep the icicles away!
So plane seats on wings probably won’t go very far as a paying proposition.
However, for those keen on the idea, if they are willing to accept a compromise, they could sit inside the wing quite comfortably and a lot more safely. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has just partnered with a university to develop the “Flying-V,” a radical new airplane design that puts passenger seats inside the plane’s wings — and it could decrease the amount of fuel needed for flights by a substantial 20 percent.
Modern designs of aircraft are moving away from a central fuselage and towards an all wing aircraft.
Of course, we are really talking about living on the edge. The more confident, some may say foolhardy may try the extreme. Wingsuit flying provides experiences as close to bird-like soaring as human beings are likely to experience, given the configuration of our bodies.
It is possible for a wingsuit flier to approach speeds of 150 mph!
This extreme form of flying makes wing walking look like paddling in a puddle and it really looks like the stuff of dreams.
Once or twice in my life I have dreamed I was flying, just soaring through the skies …. what a feeling it was!
I could do it if I wanted to, but these days I prefer to stay away from the edge.
To see what it looks like, check out this video link to wingsuit flying, it will take your breath away!
So I guess plane seats on the wings won’t fly.
This video of future flying machines may cure you of your need to sit on a plane wing!
Whatever flight style or seat you choose, remember rule number one: Keep the blue side up!