Plane With Hybrid-Electric Engine Takes To Skies In Test Flight – 30 December 2014

RT logoWhile for decades aeronautics researchers have been working on ways to make flying safer, they’re now also trying to make air travel cleaner. A test flight of a hybrid-electric aircraft has been successfully completed in Britain.

The step forward – or rather upward – was the result of a joint project of engineers from Cambridge University, who have worked on the aircraft with funding support from Boeing. The small single-seat demonstrator plane is powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, with the aircraft’s propeller driven both by an electric motor and petrol engine.

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