– Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane that looks decidedly more Star Trek Enterprise than airplane. The Financial Times dubbed it “flying doughnuts.” According to the patent application, the craft would address a long-standing problem for plane designers — pressurized cabins, which stress planes on the front and back ends and require heavy, reinforced frames. The patent says the new design would distribute that pressure in a way that would be more “economic and efficient.


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