'Flying trains' with detachable wings could soon take to the skies [Video]

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From runway to railroad: "Flying trains" with detachable wings could soon let planes drop passengers off at local stationsAkka Technologies has unveiled its ‘Link & Fly’ aircraft design: a modular craft with pod and detachable wingsCraft could carry travelers or freight, and...

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From runway to railroad: ‘Flying trains’ with detachable wings could soon let planes drop passengers off at local stations

  • Akka Technologies has unveiled its ‘Link & Fly’ aircraft design: a modular craft with pod and detachable wings
  • Craft could carry travelers or freight, and transform into a train car that makes drop-offs at local stations
  • Akka’s …

A radical new ‘flying train’ concept could revolutionize the way we approach air travel. It's just the latest in a growing field of modular craft that can essentially go from the skies to the streets

 Akka Technologies has unveiled its ‘Link & Fly’ aircraft design, envisioning a modular craft that relies on a passenger pod and detachable wings to speed up the boarding process, and make it easier than ever to get to and from the airport

The pod would attach beneath the wings, which sit waiting with the engines on top. It uses automatic alignment so everything fits together smoothly

‘Planes need to become more efficient, less polluting, and less noisy,’ CEO Maurice Ricci told Bloomberg Quint. ‘Our role is to point our customers to technologies of the future’

A stunning concept video shows how such a system could work, with the option to carry either travelers or freight, and transform into a train car that makes drop-offs at local stations

 Akka's Link & Fly concept craft measures 33.8 meters long and 8.2 meters high, with a 48.8 meter wingspan. And in freight mode, it could even operate as a drone

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing

Airbus Project Vahana prototype, branded Alpha One, successfully completed its maiden test flight in February 2018. The self-piloted helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five metres) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds