A Crazy Idea, or what? For passenger travel

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A Crazy Idea, or what? For passenger travel
Posted by samfp1943 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12:53 PM

The following article poped up on some Internet sites, and seemed to fall into "the area of the future of passenger travel". It seemed to fall right into some of the other discussions around here: 'The Bering Sea Tunnel'  'High Speed Rail' and some other 'pie-in-the-sky concepts' for travel.  Not to mention the fact that we are gifted with an Airline guy running Amtrak {Richard Anderson}. 

Not to mention some of the important elements around these Forums: Tains, and Airplanes {for some posters here} .

The article is linked here: @ https://www.treehugger.com/aviation/plane-detachable-fuselage-could-really-take.html 

"Flying Trains Could Be Coming Your Way"[Bloomberg] byMarie Mawad / Ania Nussbaum@https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-11/flying-trains-france-s-akka-technologies-makes-pitch-to-boeing

The story does feature a photo of the proposed aircraft and passenger pod(?). 

FTA:"...For years people have been saying “we were promised flying cars!” We have not got them yet, but we may get them...That’s what a French entrepreneur, who’s made millions by connecting engineers with industrial groups, is pitching to Boeing Co. and others. "Link & Fly" is Akka Technologies’s new flagship aircraft design, with wings that come off to hasten turnover at airports and make boarding easier and closer to passengers’ homes..."

Should, hopefully, make for some interesting discussions.

 

 

Sam

 

 


 

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:06 PM

Quite interesting. Not sure how at ease I would be knowing the fuselage could detach at 20,000 ft. 

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:11 PM

Miningman

Quite interesting. Not sure how at ease I would be knowing the fuselage could detach at 20,000 ft. 

 

Perhaps there will be a built-in parachute to be used in such an event?

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:31 PM

No way parachutes could handle that much weight. Bombs away! Oops

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:35 PM

let us see.  A passenger coach needing the 800.000 # buff stregth.  Airplane fuselage liight as possible.

rAirplane needs 1 flight  attendant for each 50 passengers.

Rail cars need removable windows for emergencies.  How are they to be pressurized ?

All airplane doors and windows need to be plug doors and windows.  

Life vests and seat cushion flotation for aircraft.

O-2 dispensing for airplanes.  

Could go on and on

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:45 PM

Oh, details, details.Laugh

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 7:25 PM

Deggesty

Oh, details, details.

 

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Posted by M636C on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 7:46 PM

Hasn't it been done before?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_XC-120_Packplane

That was intended for freight, but a passenger version would be no more difficult (except perhaps for the fail-safe aspects of the connection equipment.)

But I'd like an aircraft that could fly with or without the "pod" and a "pod" that could fit on a suitable rail underframe.

These days a container or two with fairings fore and aft would do...

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:54 AM

Such a proposal for a passenger pod has been considered for use with crane helicopters such as the Sikorsky S-64.  I'm not so sure how it would be arranged with fixed-wing aircraft.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Alan Follett on Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:50 AM

Pie indeed, literally in the sky.  However, I would hardly put high-speed rail, thousands of miles of which are already in operation around the world, in the same category.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Friday, July 13, 2018 1:43 AM

Miningman

No way parachutes could handle that much weight. Bombs away! Oops

As with everything else, it depends on the weight and how the air-droppable object is designed.    Not everything dropped has to be in freefall.    You can also, glide back to earth and use parachutes to slow the descent as well as forward momentum.    Braking rockets can be used as well.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, July 13, 2018 7:07 AM

Somehow, this seems to be a solution (?) in search of a problem.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Saturday, July 14, 2018 1:20 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH

Somehow, this seems to be a solution (?) in search of a problem.

 

Agree.

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Monday, July 16, 2018 4:49 PM

seems like a good idea for cargo

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