The Eight Most Inventive Aircraft Concepts of 2015 [READERS’ CHOICE SLIDESHOW]

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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, the following aircraft concepts of 2015 keep our expectations soaring. —Compiled by Viju Mathew