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Oshkosh, Wisconsin (CNN)Of the 2,800 show planes at America's biggest airshow, the aircraft that may have had the most impact on aviation's future didn't even leave the ground.
Dirt and noise
Crossing the Channel, cleanly and quietly
- He told them about how the combustion engine gives the plane a 2-hour-15-minute range — extending the flight time of the previous version -- the 1.1 -- by an hour and 15 minutes.
- He explained how the combustion engine sits behind the cockpit, and is only used to charge the plane's lithium-ion batteries which are embedded in the wings. The combustion engine doesn't provide any of the plane's thrust.
- The two ducted fan engines that do give the plane its thrust are mounted on each side of the fuselage.
- The plane takes off and lands on electric power only — to make it as quiet as possible.
- The combustion engine will charge the batteries only during the cruise portion of each flight.