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ANALYSIS: Vanilla Aircraft eyes 10-day flight and first customer

Ten years after leaving stable jobs at major aerospace manufacturers and thousands of engineering hours later, the founding team of Vanilla Aircraft is on the verge of testing their vision of a long-endurance, diesel engine-powered drone. The company plans to fly its VA001 without refuelling for more than 10 days this May or June, using jet fuel and an off-the-shelf piston engine and autopilot software.

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