Lilium Achieves Transition Flight
Munich, Germany-based Lilium completed a full transition from hover to fully wing-borne cruise flight, generating lift from both the wings and canard. The flight occurred on Sept. 23 at the ATLAS Flight Test Center in Villacarrillo, Spain, with “Phoenix 2,” the second aircraft of its fifth-generation demonstrator series. Phoenix 2 began flight tests in Spain in spring and completed a partial wing transition in June. Lilium plans to begin flying an additional demonstrator, Phoenix 3, later this year.