- The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex manoeuvres, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.
Developing this aircraft has required thinking outside the square. Luckily Lilium don't have the old "stuck in the mud phD's" that cannot see the wood for the trees.
I have been watching the development of this aircraft for some time, and I have to admit I wondered if it was but a pipe dream and would ever fly. The concept just seemed too radical, but none the less had possibilities if you could get your mind around the concept.
The first flight was unmanned. It was flown by remote control. Plans are for the aircraft to be be flown by a real pilot once initial testing and prototype proving has been completed.
- Number of passengers: Expansion to 4 persons plus baggage. Prototype presently 2 plus baggage.
- Number of engines: At present 34, plans for front to be increased to a total of 48 for whole aircraft.
- Range: Currently one hour flying time maximum on batteries. Newer developments in batteries is sure to lead to an increase in flying time and distance it can fly. Any aircraft is subject to wind resistance or assistance which will affect just how long the aircraft can remain in the air.
- Speed: Max 300 km/h.
- Wing-span: 10.2 m
- Concept: Electrically powered jet engines incorporated into ailerons and elevators providing thrust vertically and horizontally.
- VTOL: Stands for 'Vertical Take-off and Landing'.
This is a developing story. More to come.