Defunct

  • Volocopter VC1 In Flight

    Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes)

    VC1/VC2
    Volocopter GmbH
    Bruschal, Germany
    www.volocopter.com

    Volocopter GmbH was founded in 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany, by Alexander Zosel and Stephen Wolf with the intent of making an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) multicopter aircraft for fast and efficient urban travel. Known as “e-volo GmbH” until being renamed in July 2017, the company is now based in Bruchsal, Germany.

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  • Joby Lotus Featured Image

    Joby Lotus (defunct)

    Lotus
    Joby Aviation
    Santa Cruz, California, USA
    www.jobyaviation.com

    Founded in 2009, Joby Aviation is a venture-backed startup aerospace company is located in Santa Cruz and San Carlos, California (USA), that is developing and will manufacture piloted all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi services. As of January 2020, the company has reported they have around 400...

  • AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct)

    Project Zero
    AgustaWestland
    Cascina Costa, Italy
    www.leonardocompany.com

    Project Zero was an all-electric-powered, hybrid tilt-rotor/fan-in-wing technology incubator created by AgustaWestland. It shocked the world in 2013 when it was announced that it had been flying for years before. The Vertical Flight Society published the exclusive story on the aircraft in the May/June 2013 issue of Vertiflite

    The...

  • Firefly Front Angle Pad

    Sikorsky Firefly (defunct)

    Firefly
    Sikorsky
    Stratford, Connecticut, USA
    www.sikorsky.com

    The Sikorsky Firefly is a modified Schweizer S-300C announced on July 26, 2010 at AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, as a technology demonstration and was said to be a stepping stone to successful electric helicopters. Sikorsky had been working on the project for more than two (2) years and has never revealed the cost of the project.

    There are 300 battery...

  • Joby S2 at sunset

    Joby S2 (defunct)

    S2
    Joby Aviation
    Santa Cruz, California, USA
    www.jobyaviation.com

    Founded in 2009, Joby Aviation is a venture-backed startup aerospace company is located in Santa Cruz and San Carlos, California (USA), that is developing and will manufacture piloted all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi services. As of January 2020, the company has reported they have around 400...

  • Aurora LightningStrike

    Aurora LightningStrike (defunct)

    LightningStrike (XV-24A)
    Aurora Flight Sciences
    Manassas, Virginia, USA
    www.aurora.aero

    The Aurora LightningStrike XV-24 was a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) project to demonstrate high speed and Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities in a drone.

    The LightningStrike had tilting rear wings and forward canards that employed one Rolls-Royce AE1107C turboshaft 4023 hp engine (also used...

  • Flyer Prototype Featured Image

    Kitty Hawk Flyer (defunct prototype)

    Flyer (Prototype)
    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA
    www.KittyHawk.aero

    Kitty Hawk unveiled the prototype for their electric VTOL "Flyer" for recreational flying with a video on YouTube on April 24, 2017. From their website at the time: "The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it...