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Hydrogen Power For Aircraft?

by John M. White |

Imagine, if you will, an airplane that takes off, flies for 4 days, and is powered by hydrogen. Flying at 65,000 feet it flies above commercial aircraft, protecting America from some of its most deadly enemies. Yes, it is a new military spy plane known as "Phantom Eye." Pretty cool name, eh? The manufacturer, Boeing, claims that the only emissions it makes into the atmosphere are water. That's correct - water. Phantom Eye Spy Plane It is being developed in the famous "Skunk Works" in St. Louis and will begin taxi and ground test later this summer, with a projected first flight in December. A Christmas gift for the U.S. taxpayer, perhaps? We all know that Obama loves drones, so this should really get his motor running. Boeing claims that this unmanned aerial vehicle will fly with a breakthrough liquid-hydrogen propulsion system. With a 150 foot wingspan and a 450 pound payload, Phantom Eye is being built for missions including intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. It is anticipate that the follow-on UAV, called "Phantom Ray", will carry a 2,000 pound payload aloft for 10 days at a time. This follow on aircraft is fighter-aircraft sized and set the stage for meeting military and commercial customers future needs. Hydrogen anyone? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Night flying in blacked-out Britain is like flying up a cow’s ass. — Squadron Leader Earl Bracken, RAps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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