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First electric racing aircraft unveiled

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Nov, 2019. 01:30 pm
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Dubai Electric

The world’s first electric racing aircraft has been unveiled at the on-going Dubai Air Show.

Gulf media reported that the battery-powered aircraft, named White Lightning, is billed as the world’s first.

The European aerospace giant Airbus is trailblazing the way for electric vehicles to take flight, with the Airbus Air Race E series.

The European planemaker has backed the e-racing tournament, with the inaugural race set in late 2020, in which the White Lightning team is competing. Airbus’ support for the e-race boosts its green aerospace tech credentials.

Dubai air show was opened on Sunday, where combat and training aircraft dazzled the audience with their combating skills and maneuvering, including some mind-bending maneuvers and a slow speed pass.

Over 160 official delegations and 1,300 governmental and private companies from around the world, are participating in the 5-days event that has become one of the top three airshows in the world.

Staff Major-General Pilot Abdullah al-Hashemi, Executive Director of the Military Organizing Committee of the Dubai Airshow 2019, said that the total deals of the Dubai Airshow over 18 years amounted to about $639.3 billion.

Hashemi said that 100 new companies will participate this year from Asia, Africa, and Europe, pointing out that the exhibition has achieved steady growth throughout its history, reflecting innovations and opportunities in the aviation industry in the Middle East and around the world.

He added that modern technologies and innovations that shape the future of the aviation industry will be the main points of discussion during the activities of this year’s edition.

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