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Lonely no more, have a wingman with you on that Memphis to Paris leg.

Looks like only ex-military pilots need apply for Fedex flying jobs if this idea takes off.

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Boeing says formation flight tests conducted with FedEx Express using two 777F freighters confirm the potential for reducing fuel consumption by up to 10% by flying in the wingtip vortex of the lead aircraft.

https://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/boeing-fedex-777f-tests-confirm-wake-fuel-burn-benefit

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So... drafting (slipstreaming) in the air is a thing now? Cool! :cool: Race cars have been doing it for years though..:tongue:

It could be somewhat fatiguing on the trailing crew though.. (I'm not signing up even a free account just to read the full article).

 


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I wonder how safe that is.  I couldn't read the entire article, so maybe that is explained.


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Migratory birds have been doing this for thousands of years.

Guess we are slow learners.  😉


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The crew doesn’t have to hand fly the formation. The autopilot would be able to do it. Drones have already demonstrated formation flying and inflight refueling.

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13 hours ago, KevinAu said:

The crew doesn’t have to hand fly the formation......

Shh! Don't tell the Red Arrows... :tongue::biggrin: (other aerobatic teams are available, but I'm English).

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