Space & Innovation

How Airplanes Are Designed To Feel Bigger On The Inside

Ever wonder why some airplanes feel big on the inside when they're actually small? Engineers use some special tricks to make that happen.

The inside of the average modern airliner is one of the most carefully designed spaces in all of industrial engineering. People get anxious on planes, and air travel companies try their best to to make nervous travelers comfortable - for everyone's sake.

In today's special edition of DNews, Trace Dominguez speaks with designers at Boeing to get the straight dope on how, exactly, airline interiors are crafted to appear larger than they really are. The short list includes carefully shaped fuselages, specific spatial designs, and ingenious lighting strategies. At least the designers have lots of surfaces to work with - the inside of an airliner is around 31,000 cubic feet, about the size of a six-bedroom house. Of course, they have to get 250 people in there. Tune in for the details.

For more about Boeing and a century of innovation check out The Age of Aerospace.

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