• Date set for first flight as Air Race E leads the charge in electric air racing revolution

• Months of preparation culminate in pivotal moment for global aviation sector

• ‘This milestone further establishes us at the leading edge of the industry’ – Air Race E CEO, Jeff Zaltman

History will be made in July 2021 as an all-electric racing aircraft takes to the skies for the very first time – a landmark moment for Air Race E, its partners and the aviation industry as a whole.

Air Race E – the world’s first all-electric air race series – will get underway in 2022 with many of the world’s top pilots going head-to-head at a number of high-profile events around the globe. The aircraft will race just ten metres above the ground at speeds of up to 450km/h (280mph), and this latest development represents a huge milestone for the pioneering series.

This inaugural flight is the culmination of months of planning, designing, concept developing, testing and manufacturing for the innovative all-electric air racing series.

The dedicated team at Air Race E, including engineers, pilots, manufacturers, partners and teams have been working tirelessly in the build-up to this historic event, which heralds a significant breakthrough in air racing, electric transport and aerospace engineering.

The test itself will put the electric racing aircraft through its paces, concentrating on airworthiness and safety during its initial runs. Further trials over subsequent weeks and months will then focus on fine-tuning the high-performance aspects of the aircraft, ensuring it is ready to race in 2022.

The date, location and the crew members involved will be released over the coming weeks, in what is one of the most highly anticipated and significant events in the ongoing preparation and development for Air Race E.

Jeff Zaltman, CEO of Air Race E, said: “We are extremely proud of all the talented and experienced experts and pioneers in the Air Race E family that have come together in this project, to drive forward innovation and make this historic moment in electrification and aerospace happen.

“This milestone in the evolution of Air Race E is pivotal and further establishes us at the leading edge of the industry alongside our visionary partners. Many other exciting moments await us as we work together towards the first ever electric air race next year.”

Amelia Bovey, photos MPA

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