Every month we see a new electric airplane project or two and sometime next year, we hope to see the first electric airplane race. Building on the gasoline Formula 1 race idea, Air Race E will soon announce a venue for the first international electric airplane race event. In this video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli interviews Air Race E’s Jeff Zaltman to illuminate what should be an interesting addition to the sport of air racing.
The years between the world wars are widely considered the Golden Age of flight. In the midst of it, Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic, air races were wildly popular, aircraft were making huge strides in performance and safety and passenger flights were accessible, if not cheap. Americans couldn’t get enough of airplanes and this was reflected in movies like Flying Down to Rio, with chorus lines atop a Lockheed Vega.