Creating an aircraft design that veers too far away from the norm is a difficult feat, since there are technical physics-based concepts and requirements necessary for an aircraft to take off and stay in the air. But the Joby S2 VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircraft clearly takes its own approach, lining up closer with toy drones than an actual working aircraft.
The stunning two-seater plane uses 12 tilting electric propellers that fold away into aerodynamic bullet shapes once the aircraft his cruising speed. It has a V-shaped tail and forward-swept wings, with 4 propellers on each wing. The propellers are designed to keep takeoff and landing as quiet as possible, and more importantly, the aircraft could potentially stay in the air even if one or two propellers fail during flight. The plane can hit up to 200 mph, which is significantly higher than most helicopters, with a range of 200 miles. Joby believes the price would come in at roughly $200,000 if it were to be put into production. See it in action below. [Purchase]
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