LONDON – Airbus’s electric-powered E-fan demonstrator has made a successful crossing of the English Channel, but its efforts were beaten by an enterprising French aviator. Aerobatic pilot Hugues Duval beat the aerospace giant by flying his electrically powered Cri-Cri aircraft from Dover to Calais in 17 min. on the evening of July 9, the Aero-Club of France announced, just hours before Airbus’s own 38-min. flight from Lydd to Calais-Dunkerque airfield took place on July ...

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