PHOTO CAPTION: Cockpit for the Sunseeker III being assembled in Slovenia.

Blue Sky Thinkers

Wall Street Journal profile of inventive individuals include Eric Raymond, solar flight pioneer.

Published: 26-May-2010

From James Starley's penny-farthing bicycle to Sir Frank Whittle's jet engine – the challenge of getting from A to B as quickly, safely and cheaply as possible has exercised some of mankind's most inventive minds.

Whether they are eking out a few extra horsepower, or developing safer equipment; creating green alternative technologies, or more energy-efficient adaptations of older ideas; working on vehicles, or infrastructure and logistics, there are now more transport inventors filing more patents than ever before.

From hang gliders to solar-powered planes, Eric Raymond has spent most of the past 30 years either in the air or designing the means to get back up there.


AerVironment Gossamer Albatross crosses English Channel on June 12, 1979.

The 70-lb aircraft completed the 26-mile flight in 2 hours, 49 minutes, winning its second Kremer Prize.

IEEE concept for electric-powered jetliner of the future

Group of experts from the IEEE are investigating a blended wing body jetliner powered by superconducting electric propulsion system.

Sonex experimental e-Flight electric propulsion system on display at 2007 AirVenture.

One day symposium will be held July 30th in conjunction with annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


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