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Airbus E-Fan 2.0 lands at Farnborough

The Airbus E-Fan lands at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK. It's got a central wheel and smaller ones on the wings. The main wheel can also drive the plane more efficiently for taxing and the initial acceleration of takeoff.

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Airbus E-Fan 2.0 above Farnborough

The Airbus E-Fan 2.0 is a two-seater all-electric plane. Airbus plans to sell it for the pilot-training market starting in late 2017. This model is flying over the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

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The Airbus E-Fan 2.0 has dual ducted fans with variable-pitch blades. The ducting improves thrust, decreases noise, and makes the plane safer while people are near it on the ground.

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Airbus E-Fan 2.0 by A400M

The Airbus E-Fan rests on static display in front of a vastly larger A400M military airlifter at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.

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Airbus E-Fan 2.0

The Airbus E-Fan 2.0 has room for two, but a later 4.0 model will carry four people and will be designed for general aviation, not just training. This prototype is flying over the Farnborough International Airshow.

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Airbus E-Fan 2.0 banking

The Airbus E-Fan flying over the Farnborough International Airshow.

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