Spirit of Innovation: How Rolls-Royce built the fastest all-electric aircraft

Spirit of Innovation is now the fastest all-electric aircraft ever built. Mark Broadbent spoke with Phill O’Dell, director of flight operations at Rolls-Royce, to find out more about the aircraft and flying it

Even when parked, the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation looks fast. A modified all-electric-powered Sharp Nemesis NXT, registration G-NXTE, it has the records to prove its speed credentials. In January 2022, the Féderation Aéronautique Internationale (FAI; World Air Sports Federation) formally verified three speed records achieved while operating from MOD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire during November 2021.

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