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What’s unusual about the HondaJet? The plane’s turbofan engines (which generate 2,050 pounds of takeoff thrust apiece) sit on top of its wings rather than below them. This configuration decreases drag on the plane, making it 10 percent faster and 12 to 17 percent more fuel-efficient than other light jets in its size class. It also reduces engine noise. Carrying a pilot and up to half a dozen passengers, the HondaJet had its maiden flight in June and should be certified next year.

What’s unusual about the HondaJet? The plane’s turbofan engines (which generate 2,050 pounds of takeoff thrust apiece) sit on top of its wings rather than below them. This configuration decreases drag on the plane, making it 10 percent faster and 12 to 17 percent more fuel-efficient than other light jets in its size class. It also reduces engine noise. Carrying a pilot and up to half a dozen passengers, the HondaJet had its maiden flight in June and should be certified next year.

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