PHOTO CAPTION: Cri-Cri electric airplane on maiden test flight over Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Airbus Maker Takes Electric 'Cricket' Out for Test Flight

Objective of flight is to understand the behavior of batteries in flight.

Published: 06-Sep-2010

If you happened to be around Le Bourget airport near Paris yesterday, you might have heard a soft whirring noise, looked up and seen the above aircraft.

That tiny little contraption snugly holding in one pilot is the Cri-Cri, an all-electric airplane and the first of its kind that can perform aerobatic stunts and run on four engines.

Built by Airbus parent EADS along with two other French companies, the battery-run aircraft made its maiden voyage on Thursday. Take off and the climb was smoothly, there were no vibrations, maneuverability was excellent and the whole thing lasted an almighty seven minutes.


Meet the other Volt - Boeing's hybrid turbo-electric twin-engine concept airliner dubbed SUGAR.

All must demonstrate significant noise reduction and burn 70 percent less fuel.

Solar Impulse still aloft at sunrise.

Single-seat prototype of solar-powered aircraft completes first over-night flight.

Elektra One

The single-seat Elektra One is claimed to have a three-hour endurance using rechargeable batteries and a range of more than 216 nm.


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