E-plane race to Oz
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