E-plane race to Oz

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Plans are afoot to stage an event for elec­tric, fuel cell and hy­brid air­craft, fol­low­ing the trail blazed by Ross Smith 99 years ago

Plans are in hand in Aus­tralia for a Great Air Race in 2019 to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the 1919 Great Air Race in which Sir Ross Smith and his three crewmem­bers flew their Vick­ers Vimy from Lon­don to Dar­win in un­der 28 days. A cen­tury later there will be no Vimy in the planned ‘E-race’, which is open to four classes of air­craft: Bat­tery Elec­tric, Hy­dro­gen Fuel-cell Elec­tric, Hy­brid-com­bus­tion, or Ef­fi­ciency.

“The pur­pose of the E-race is to demon­strate the prac­ti­cal­ity of elec­tric flight and to high­light the best air­craft de­signs by means of rig­or­ously mea­sured per­for­mance cri­te­ria in a fair com­pe­ti­tion,” says 2019 Great Air Race mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Mad­die But­ters. “As in 1919, our com­peti­tors will depart from Lon­don and travel roughly 18,000km around the globe be­fore land­ing in Dar­win. We in­tend to have the race cul­mi­nate on 10 De­cem­ber−the same day that Sir Ross Smith fin­ished his jour­ney 100 years ago.” For more de­tails visit: greatair­race.com.au

Elec­tric, fuel-cell and hy­brid air­craft will fol­low the route flown by Ross Smith’s Vick­ers Vimy

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