First Electric Airplane Flies the Alps
The dream of inexpensive, ecofriendly aviation has come closer to reality after a French test pilot achieved the first flight in a conventional light aircraft powered by an electric motor.
The Electra, a wood-and-fabric single-seater, flew for 48 minutes for 50km (30 miles) around the southern Alps, winning a global race to apply battery power to a fixed-wing standard aircraft.
The APAME group, founded to develop green aviation, said that the flight showed that nonpolluting, quiet light aviation was within reach.
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