The innovative Slovenian company Pipistrel is still toiling away on the sleek and sexy Panthera single-engine retractable. In this in-depth video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli took the airplane for a couple of flights and crunched all the numbers. So is it as fast as it looks? Pretty much.
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.