One Cool Thing: The First Electric Plane Flight

Photo: Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press and AP

Forget biofuels for aviation.  A small Canadian airline, Harbour Air, made a huge leap forward earlier this month by making the first commercial airline flight powered by an electric engine.  It only remained in the air for a few minutes but that was long enough for the 63-year-old seaplane to claim this important first.  The pilot, who also owns the airline, said electric planes will make aviation cheaper, cleaner and quieter.   There are likely to be more “firsts” soon — Rolls-Royce has a plane it hopes will break a speed record for an electric aircraft during a flight planned for late spring 2020.

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