Describing it as a “flying Ford F150 truck,” U.S. startup Elroy Air has begun flight-testing its Chaparral large unmanned cargo aircraft. The 1,215-lb. vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft made a 64-sec. first hover flight on Aug. 14 at the Camp Roberts California National Guard Base. While Amazon, Wing and others are developing drones for last-mile delivery, San Francisco-based Elroy is among a handful of companies—including Boeing—that see a market for ...


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