Boeing has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, indicating the desire to build a 100 seat commercial passenger VTOL aircraft. The patent was filed in June 2014 and was awarded to them this past Tuesday, 25th October 2016.
Boeing reports that their aim to build a VTOL aircraft was in response to the problems they face with conventional tilt-rotors. As reported by Aviation Today, Boeing files many patents to protect their intellectual property, whether they plan to pursue the plans or not.
This patent’s aim is to create a commercial passenger VTOL aircraft that can carry up to 100 passengers. It will have tilt rotors so it can be used for both vertical and horizontal flight, with two fixed wings and two engines on each wing.
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