Special flight over the English Channel – level 2

15-07-2015 07:00

A pilot flew from the south of England to Calais in an electric plane. The 74-kilometre journey took him 37 minutes. This is the first time an electric plane flew across the English Channel.

However, another pilot says that he was the first one, and that he flew from France to England and back.

The plane, the Airbus E-Fan, is 6 metres long, 590 kilograms heavy and releases zero emissions. Its batteries let it fly for up to 50 minutes. It has two seats and a total engine power of 60kW.

Difficult words: journey (way), emission (a gas which is sent into the air).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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