Boeing (Boeing) Flies First Fuel Cell Airplane

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Boeing has successfully flown the very first hydrogen fuel cell-powered airplane in Madrid, the company announced.

A two-seat Dimona motor-glider with a 16.3 meter (53.5 foot) wingspan was used as the airframe. Built by Diamond Aircraft Industries of Austria, it was modified by BR&TE to include a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery hybrid system to power an electric motor coupled to a conventional propeller.

Is there a cooler industry R&D shop name than “Phantom Works”? I doubt it.

Press Release [Boeing via Treehugger]

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5 Responses to Boeing (Boeing) Flies First Fuel Cell Airplane

  1. monopole says:

    Is there a cooler industry R&D shop name than “Phantom Works”?

    Of course there is: Skunkworks
    The original and the best (under Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson)

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Yep, Skunkworks FTW.

    LOL @ “Boeing (Boeing)”

  3. Scuba SM says:

    Third on the Skunk Works. The book by Ben R. Rich is a must read for all of those interested in Aviation and technology.

  4. dculberson says:

    Phantoms are cooler than skunks; Skunk Works is only cooler because of it’s history! Maybe Guitars and Laser Guns Works would top Phantom Works, but probably not much else.

  5. Anonymous says:

    and the best of all things – they used an Austrian platform for this test .. the Dimona is built in Wiener Neustadt, about 50 km south of Vienna, where i live

    Diamond Aircraft rocks .. !!

    Markus

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