Sometimes nature does it best, which is why so many automobiles and aircrafts draw inspiration from it. William Brown's concept for the Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet is no different. The Stratoliner was inspired by the form of a Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird that boasts the record for longest non-stop flight at an amazing 7,258 miles!
Not only does The Stratoliner take from the Godwit's form, but also from the idea of extremely long trips. With over-sized wings generating extra lift and four Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines powering the jet, the Lockheed could fly anywhere without stopping. But, that's not all. The Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines also power the jet without causing harmful emissions and can operate on low power, much like that of fighter jets. These features all add up to a cleaner and more environmentally friendly flight.