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Two aircraft flying in formation in a rendering from Airbus's fello'fly program, modeled after the flight patterns of geese. (Photo: Airbus)

Geese Inspire New Airbus Formation Flying Technology

Few aerial sights are as majestic as a V-formation of Canadian geese honking overhead against a blazing autumn sunset. The last time geese and Airbus made airline history together was when the big migratory birds got sucked into Captain Sully’s Airbus A320 engines over New York City, 208 seconds before his famed landing on the Hudson. That was 2009. Coincidentally that same year, a group of doctoral Stanford University students entered an Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" contest, an international competition…