Wow! That's going to get me rushing to Paris...... A thing that looks like one of those balsa wood planes we made years ago that always got stuck in a tree first time out. Will it do a display? Can just see the typical French crowd cheering that as it staggers into the air. Can it display if the sun isn't out? Can just hear the announcement-' sorry ladies and gentlemen it will not display as zee sun is behind a cloud...' The website for the Impulse shows a bloke on a bike looking at it, probably wants to race it for a bet.
You might guess I'm not a great convert to solar powered aircraft-what will it lead to, airliners with wings the size of Wales carrying 6 passengers to Dublin on a sunny, wind-free day? Sorry no luggage, can't manage that. What will be at Farnborough next year, a Ryanair powered by 50 cyclists tethered to the wings of a Cessna, all pedalling like mad? How about an airliners pulled by 20 swans.... Suggestions please...
Bring back real aeroplanes with proper engines.
Eclipse (green rules)