Several futuristic aircraft in this issue look not only real but well used. It's all a matter of canny computer rendering.
Boeing and others are working on the canard rotor/wing VTOL concept. The rotor spins for vertical takeoff, then converts to a fixed wing for forward flight, ideal for the air taxi systems predicted to launch in the 21st century. To render photo-quality illustrations of aviation concepts for this issue, we turned to , a video-effects firm. Here's how visions of the future are engineered.