airbus unveils 'bird of prey' electric aircraft concept with feathered wings
airbus unveils 'bird of prey' electric aircraft concept with feathered wings airbus unveils 'bird of prey' electric aircraft concept with feathered wings
jul 23, 2019

airbus unveils 'bird of prey' electric aircraft concept with feathered wings

airbus has unveiled a bird-like conceptual airliner design that features feathered wings and a tail. revealed at this week’s royal international air tattoo air show in the UK, the airbus ‘bird of prey’ is a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation.


the ‘bird of prey’ concept takes into consideration the potential of biomimicry to imagine what a future aircraft could look like. it includes a blended wing-to-fuselage joint that mirrors the graceful and aerodynamic arch of an eagle or falcon. it also tapers like the wing of a bird, ending in a fan-like tail that uses individually controlled feathers for stability.




the concept is part of airbus‘ attempt to inspire a new generation of aerospace engineers. senior manager at airbus martin aston stresses the importance of the aerospace sector, hoping that big ideas like the ‘bird of prey’ have the wow factor to attract people.


‘one of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before,’ says aston. ‘we know from our work on the a350 XWB passenger jet that through biomimicry, nature has some of the best lessons we can learn about design.’


the ‘bird of prey’ concept was introduced on friday with the backing of the GREAT britain campaign, the royal aeronautical society, the air league, the institution of engineering, and the technology and aerospace technology institute. it highlights britain’s leading role in the aerospace industry as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the airbus group.


project info


company: airbus

model: bird of prey

status: concept

  • Long haul slow flights is not healthy to anybody. Even at polar night flights.

    Tung cab says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,379 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample