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First Electric Airplane Flies the Alps

The AMPE group used a Souricette kit aircraft and adapted to it a 25-horsepower British-made golf car motor. The key to their pioneering flight on December 23 was the new generation of light lithium-polymer batteries.

Published: 03-Jan-2008

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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