Silent flight

The MIT concept of wires strung beneath the leading and trailing edges of the wing.
MIT Electric Aircraft Initiative

ENGINEERS AT the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently tested a scale model of an aircraft that has no moving parts in the propulsion system.

Instead of the thrust generated by propellers or turbines for forward movement, the lightweight 5lb (2.2kg) glider with a 16ft (5m) wingspan uses what MIT engineers call “ionic wind” – a silent flow of energy produced aboard the aircraft itself that creates the thrust to propel the aircraft forward. No fuel is required and no noise is generated.

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