Sep 062010
 

Electric Green Cri

When Gizmag paid a visit to the Paris Green Air Show in June, there was one craft on display that seemed to steal the show.

The Green Cri aerobatic electric airplane hadn’t even left terra firma, yet was surrounded by eager onlookers for much of the time it was there. Now the four-engined prototype has returned to Le Bourget airfield for its maiden flight in the sunny skies above Paris.

The scientific research electric airplane was developed by EADS Innovation Works and Aero Composites Saintonge, in order to research green energy propulsion technologies.

The Cri returned to Le Bourget yesterday to undertake its first test flight. Take-off and initial climb were reported to be smooth, the pilot – Didier Esteyne – feeling no vibrations and enjoying good maneuverability. All systems performed without a hitch and the Cri returned to the waiting pool of press photographers some seven minutes later.

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