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    Hybrid-electric flights seen in 5 years

    That's right commercial planes powered by battery packs with a fuel reserve for a back up engine.

    We aren't talking real big or long range airplanes.

    12 passenger planes that can fly 700 miles.

    Still, it's a start...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    That's right commercial planes powered by battery packs with a fuel reserve for a back up engine.

    We aren't talking real big or long range airplanes.

    12 passenger planes that can fly 700 miles.

    Still, it's a start...
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    Hard to believe this as the weight of the batteries would be enormous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    link?

    Hard to believe this as the weight of the batteries would be enormous.
    Thats why it'll use a really really really long extension cord instead.
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    There used to be talk decades ago about the "organic battery."

    With this material you can make plastic body parts (say for cars) that are part of the storage system, basically the whole car becomes a battery.

    I read an article that sounded promising, (way back around 1980) and then, like so many of these revolutionary, "game-changer" technologies, *poof* noting more was heard.

    It would be great though, jets produce extreme pollution, you take one trip to Peoria and your carbon footprint is shot for the next two years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    link?

    Hard to believe this as the weight of the batteries would be enormous.
    NASA considers it feasible: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstro.../leaptech.html

    People are working on it: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-a...-idUSKBN1CA16A

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    Well, at least they are not talking about nuclear-powered aircraft anymore...

    But wait!



    Here is an article from 2016!

    "It could whisk you from London Heathrow and have you stepping onto the air bridge at New York’s John F Kennedy airport just three hours later. It would take you in no small comfort – luxuriously so, if you’re in first class – at speeds approaching 2,300mph (3,680km/h), the Atlantic Ocean racing below your feet.

    The Flash Falcon, looking like a spacecraft from the video game franchise Halo, is a futuristic peg to fill the hole left by the retirement of the Supersonic Concorde in 2003. No prototypes have been built though – the design so far lives only in the imagination of Spanish designer Oscar Vinals, who also designed a ‘whale-shaped’ giant airliner BBC Future profiled back in 2014."


    BBC - Future - Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    link?

    Hard to believe this as the weight of the batteries would be enormous.
    Try this one:

    Bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-5/boeing-backed-startup-pilots-hybrid-planes-with-nod-to-musk-787
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