US Air Force leaders watch LIFT Aircraft Hexa eVTOL take flight in first agility prime demo

The top three leaders from the US Air Force watched an eVTOL aircraft in flight on Friday, with LIFT Aircraft CEO and Founder Matt Chasen gave a demonstration of the company’s single-seat ultralight, Hexa, reports.

As reported by the Vertical Flight Society’s Electric VTOL News, the four-minute flight took place at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas and included hovers, turns and forward flights – with the aircraft remaining 40ft (12 metres) off the ground.

Matt Chasen, LIFT Aircraft Founder and CEO, pilots the Hexa eVTOL over Camp Mabry, Texas

The event coincided with a visit to the Air Force’s Innovation Hub, AFWERX in Austin, Texas, by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass.

The visit was hosted by its director, Col. Nathan Diller, who also leads the Air Force’s Agility Prime initiative. An official virtual launch to help support the rapid commercialisation of the eVTOL industry in the USA took place in April 2020.

Speaking at the time, Barrett said: “Agility Prime is a programme with a vision of world impact. The thought of an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle — a flying car — might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie, but by partnering today with stakeholders across industries and agencies, we can set up the United States for this aerospace phenomenon.”

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