Inside Vertical Aerospace’s flying taxi after the British team completed the first air test

BRITS could be whizzing around in flying taxis quicker than you think as a major project conducted its first-ever air test over the weekend.

Vertical Aerospace hopes their futuristic aircraft will be operational by 2025.

VX4 reached an important milestone over the weekend

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VX4 reached an important milestone over the weekendCredit: Vertical Aerospace
Manufacturers Vertical Aerospace teased the luxurious interior

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Manufacturers Vertical Aerospace teased the luxurious interior
The prototype has eight propellers

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The prototype has eight propellersCredit: Vertical Aerospace

The Bristol-based company has revealed the super-luxe interior of its electric VX4 prototype after “wheeling up”.

Up to four passengers can board alongside a pilot.

It contains eight sets of aerodynamic propellers that will eventually carry people from A to B at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

Techies want the hi-tech helicopter to cover distances of around 100 miles.

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That could get you from London to Bournemouth or Birmingham to Leeds.

Experts managed to conduct a tethering test, allowing it to hover while still attached to the ground.

The successful move means they can now try higher altitudes and speeds, as well as level flight.

But bosses are also pleased with another massive achievement.

According to the company, it is the first UK company to start flight tests of a new aircraft with its full-size manned prototype in over 20 years.

“This moment represents one small step for Vertical Aerospace, but it is a giant leap forward for British aviation,” said Chief Executive and Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick.

“For more than 100 years, the UK has been a world leader in aviation and today, in the 21st century, the UK is a world leader in the development of zero-carbon aircraft.”

The aim is to certify the VX4 by 2025.

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Vertical Aerospace says it has already received more than 1,400 conditional pre-orders from some of the world’s leading airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Japan Airlines and Air Asia.

The test came after the company received its Permit to Fly from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Vertical Aerospace hopes the VX4 will be certified by 2025

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Vertical Aerospace hopes the VX4 will be certified by 2025Credit: Vertical Aerospace
The company is a leader in zero-emission aviation

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The company is a leader in zero-emission aviationCredit: Vertical Aerospace

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