Boeing Creates Hydrogen Powered Spy Plane

Boeing Creates Hydrogen Powered Spy Plane

The Boeing Phantom Eye was unveiled last week. This new aircraft is completely unmanned and powered by two hydrogen burning engines. These engines were developed by Ford about a decade ago. They are essentially a four-cylinder Ranger truck engine converted to burn liquid hydrogen instead of gasoline. The plane can spend up to 10 days in the air without a need to refuel, and the only exhaust product is water, so the Phantom Eye is quiet and environmentally friendly.

The USAF will begin ground testing this summer and the first flight is scheduled for 2011. The aircraft is designed primarily for reconnaissance work and may see a future in military deployments.

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