World’s first hydrogen-electric passenger plane takes off

The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger flight yesterday took off from Cranfield, England.

Hydrogen-focused aviation company ZeroAvia today reported the flights success that took place at its R&D facility, with the Piper M-class six-seat plane, completing taxi, take off, a full pattern circuit, and landing.

Now complete, ZeroAvia will turn its attention to the final stage of its six-seat development program – a 250-mile zero emission flight out of an airfield in Orkney before the end of the year.

The demonstration range of the Orkey flight is roughly equivalent to busy major routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco or London to Edinburgh.

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