Gallery: Airborne Metro: A Giant Nuclear-Powered Airport That Flies 3,0...


This crazy Airborne Metro, if ever built, could reduce emissions from air travel 80% by revolutionizing the way we fly. The giant, 3,000 passenger craft is a nuclear powered airport and shuttle in the sky that allows smaller aircraft to bypass making long distance flights by landing on its back and dropping passengers off. In the future, the designers of this massive hunk of steel envision passengers taking regular jets from the ground to Airborne Metro, and then having the Airborne Metro make the long haul to a far off population hub where passengers hop onto regular jets that shuttle them to their final destinations.


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  1. December 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Talk about one of the craziest ideas ever though of…!

  2. Eletruk October 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    My first question is how to get it off the ground? Or do you build it flying in air (like the ISS)? There is no airport in the world that is big enough to handle something like that.
    Dry lake beds maybe(and how many wheels would be required)?

  3. archonic October 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

    This is an amazing concept and I would love for it to make sense, but it really doesn’t. Evacuated tube transport is dramatically safer, easier to adapt to, feasible and absurdly more efficient.

    Have you guys done a post about ETT? You can see more about it here:

  4. DrJohnM October 30, 2011 at 10:43 am


    Spectrum had cloudbase back in 1967

  5. spaceman kermit October 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    A giant flying Fukushima. That sounds eco-friendly.

    Wait, am I at the right site?

  6. lazyreader October 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    While I doubt that airlines are willing to inherit the costs of such a vessel. Airports on land cost less. I do think S.H.I.E.L.D. would like to have one of these.

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