First ever hydrogen battery flight

OCANA, Spain (AFP) – US aircraft maker Boeing flew a plane that was powered by a hydrogen battery at the start of 2008 for the first time in aviation history, senior company officials said in Spain on Thursday.

“For the first time in the history of aviation, Boeing has flown a manned air plane that was powered by a hydrogen battery,” Boeing chief technology officer John Tracy told a news conference at the firm’s research centre in the central Spanish town of Ocana.

Boeing makes first ever hydrogen battery flight

The plane, which used propellers, flew at a speed of 100 kilometres (62 miles) an hour for about 20 minutes at an altitude of about 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) using only the hydrogen battery for power, Boeing said in a statement.

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3 Comments on “First ever hydrogen battery flight”

  1. Call me a pessimist, but this looks a lot like the Diamond Katana series of single engine aircraft, and the link to the Yahoo News article is “not found”.

    I haven’t done any further digging.

  2. Thanks for the update, Yahoo had removed the link it seems… However, Times Online still features the story (where it probably was to begin with).

    Call me an optimist, but I sure hope this could lead somewhere in the future to ensure a better environment…

  3. Thanks to the article, Now there is more reason to comment than ever before! Everyone should participate. I am incorporating what your wrote to our project!

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