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Flying High: First Hemp Plane

Flying High: First Hemp Plane

by February 23, 2015 0 comments

I’ve made so many fucking jokes already about smoking weed on airplanes and airports that I promise I won’t make any related puns in this article (beyond the one in the title). So, as you’ve seen (considering you read the article title and aren’t likely to be blind-clicking your way through the internet), someone plans to build an airplane out of hemp. Not someone, a company. The plan includes the building an airplane that is 75% made of hemp materials, which is easier, more efficient, and cleaner than the usual fiberglass energy sucking methods. The plane is also planned to utilize hemp-biofuel (Henry Ford used something similar for the first Model-T. Oh, how far we’ve come! *I rolled my eyes there).

Canadian company Hempearth built the 4-seater aircraft, with its two engines and price tag that’s 2-3 times lower than a normal airplane would cost. The project is still in the funding process, but former organic restauranter Derek Kesek is hopeful. He claims that Virgin founder, Richard Branson, is his inspiration, as he hopes to one day build spaceships out of hemp.

I swear, I won’t make a “space-cadet” joke.

Kesek hopes the plane’s first departure will be from the historic site of Kitty Hawk .

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