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PROTOTYPE ELECTRIC AIRPLANE DEBUTED

Alice, an all-electric airplane designed and built by Eviation, takes off in Moses Lake, Wash., for its first flight Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A prototype, all-electric airplane
took its first flight Tuesday morning in central Washington
state.

The Seattle Times reports that if the Federal Aviation
Administration eventually certifies the small airplane to
carry passengers, it could become the first all-electric
commercial airplane.

The plane, built by startup Eviation, was built to carry nine
passengers and up two pilots. It took off from Moses Lake,
Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, and landed eight minutes
later.

The company’s goal is to show such electric planes are viable
as commuter aircraft flying at an altitude of about 15,000 feet.

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KITE FLOWN BY FRANKLIN ON THIS DAY IN 1752

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On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin was said to have flown a kite
during a thunderstorm
to collect ambient electrical charge in a
Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity. Franklin became interested in electricity
in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic,
and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He
coined a number of terms used today, including battery, conductor
and electrician. He also invented the lightning rod, used to protect buildings and ships.

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Benjamin Franklin 
(January 6, 1706 – April 17, 1790)

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