Flight’s first editor Stanley Spooner had little trouble deciding what story would be the lead in our inaugural issue 100 years ago – “A Second Englishman Flies” was our first headline. But back in those pioneering early days, what would Spooner have predicted for the top aerospace story a century later?
Even the most enthusiastic aeronauts and aviators in 1909 would have struggled to believe the way in which powered flight would evolve during the magazine’s first 100 years: that the aeroplane would be “going to war” within five years that passengers would be travelling in shirtsleeve comfort across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound within 70 years or that within 80 years a winged spaceplane would be regularly blasting into orbit and returning to earth as a glider.
The H1 ‘Fugu’ by Matt Bassett is a purpose built helicopter targeted at disaster relief. It has been rationalized and rethought to optimize space with a minimal yet flexible package layout, thus allowing maximum efficiency and smaller required landing areas. To put it in perspective, it carries a similar sized load to a Chinook, and is 40 feet shorter, largely due to the coaxial rotor arrangement. The intelligent Skid system is made of individual feet, which each house a sensor which enables it to negotiate uneven terrain, allowing for access to areas that would traditionally be deemed inaccessible. Surely even Daniel Simon would be impressed by this effort.
In the XXII century, the Earth has become a technogarden. Humanity is gathered in gigantic green megalopolises, in which technology is implemented everywhere for the inhabitants’ security. Great wild spaces still exist but are super-protected. In this technical and ultracivilised democracy, there is little place for adventure and change of scenery. This can only happen in highly respectful conditions.
Designer Kevin Judlin has extrapolated the present into the future and is already solving tomorrows problems. The Stalker is an airship vehicle that enables humanity to explore these superprotected realms symbiotically from a small detachable boat suspended from the main body. We assume it’s not as volatile as the Hindenburg.
Renault Hydroplane concept was the diploma project for Florent Mennechet at strate college designers in collaboration with 3E-oeil Studio and Renault Design. It can be said this vehicle is a hybrid tourism vehicle between a plane and a boat. When this futuristic transportation on-the-go, the nose gets out of water while two independent electric engines propels the vehicle into the water. Unfortunately there are not much information about Renault Hydroplane, since it’s only a concept.