Eight Insane Aircraft Concepts That Aren’t April Fools’ Jokes

From shape-shifting wings to alternative propulsion methods, these aircraft concepts are no laughing matter…


Since Icarus donned his ill-fated wings, humans have hungered for better ways to fly. And after Orville and Wilbur Wright’s flight got modern aviation off the ground in 1903, advancements have continued to push the envelope of performance and expand the parameters of the plausible. From a personal craft capable of vertical takeoff and landing to an 800-passenger, hydrogen-fuel-based behemoth to a glass-domed seat atop a jet liner, the following insane aircraft concepts remind us that today’s most innovative aviation designers are not joking around when envisioning the future of flight. —Compiled by Viju Mathew