Airbus unveils "bird-like" concept airliner

With Boeing teetering toward the brink after two decades of mismanagement and two spectacularly deadly crashes, times are looking good for European rival Airbus; talk has even turned to the dangers of it assuming an effective monopoly on new sales for years.

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the theoretical design is a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation. Inspired by efficient mechanics of a bird, it has wing and tail structures that mimic those of a bird of prey, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control. … While not intended to represent an actual aircraft, Airbus' "Bird of Prey" is based on realistic ideas