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Electric English Channel Crossing: Who Was Really First?

Rivals both claim same record.

Dueling press releases arrived in my email inbox at around the same time on Friday morning, one from Airbus claiming the E-Fan demonstrator had made history by becoming the first electric-powered airplane to cross the English Channel and another saying French pilot Hugues Duval had actually pulled off the same feat the night before in the electric Cri Cri E-Christaline.
It took Airbus all of about two minutes to begin crying foul,
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Photo by: Flying Magazine Editor

Hugues Duwal Cri Cri

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