World’s First Airplane Made From Hemp To Be Launched Next Year

Last month, the Ontario-based company Hempearth signed a contract with the Florida-based plane manufacturing company Velocity Inc. to build the world’s first airplane made of hemp.hempplane

According to Derek Kesek, owner of Hempearth, the plane will be constructed from at least 75% hemp – including the wings, seats, pillows and outer shell. The plane will be the color of natural hemp fiber, and is intended to run on hemp biofuel.

With a wingspan of 12 meters, the 4-person plane will cost approximately $500,000 to build, according to Velocity Inc..

The airplane manufacturing company tested the strength and durability of the hemp material proposed for use on the new plane before committing to the project, and found that, compared to the fiberglass normally used in plane construction, the hemp material was generally equal to or better than the fiberglass.

The world’s first hemp plane is scheduled to launch next year, in Kitty Hawk, N.C. – the original site of the first airplane launch in 1903.

– TheJointBlog

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    • pawl dunbar on October 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    Hardly news. People have been getting high on hemp for centuries.

      • Anonymous on November 8, 2014 at 1:15 am
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      Well played

    • Dave on October 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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    Henry Ford had developed a hemp/plastic material for auto manufacturing.

    • Jim on October 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    I reckon the Wright brothers’ plane was built from hemp too.

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