The U.S. Air Force has signed a contract with Electra.Aero to develop ultra-short take-off aircraft. Leveraging distributed hybrid-electric propulsion & blown lift, Electra's unique electric ultra-short take-off and landing (ESTOL) aircraft takes off in less than 150 feet, but also offers nearly triple the payload capacity, an order of magnitude longer ranges, and less than half the operating costs of electric vertical take-off & landing (EVTOL) alternatives. Electra's first commercial product, with FAA certification planned in 2026, is designed to carry up to seven passengers & a pilot as far as 500 miles. It will serve urban & regional air mobility markets, sustainability-focused airline operations, "Middle mile" cargo logistics, & air ambulance services.
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