08 Oct '17, 8am

Two electric planes just made history by flying over the English Channel:

It’s unclear at this time whether the Airbus team was aware when Esteyne took off that a French pilot named Hugues Duval had, 12 hours prior, completed the round-trip flight across the English Channel in a similar aircraft. Duval’s two-engine Cricri plane seats just one person, and he piloted the electric plane from Calais to Dover and back. Duval admitted to the Associated Press that his plane didn’t have authorization to take off from Calais, so a fuel-driven plane towed his aircraft for the start of the journey. He says he completed the rest of the trip autonomously. It’s not known whether this tow-start will have an impact on Duval’s claim to the record first.

Full article: https://inhabitat.com/two-electric-planes-battle-to-be-th...

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