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The German hydrogen aircraft startup H2Fly has a surprise backer: California-based electric vertical take-off and landing developer Joby Aviation.

According to German registration filings, Joby acquired sole ownership of the company in April 2021. A Joby spokesperson confirmed the acquisition, which has not been previously reported.

Read: Already flying on hydrogen, H2Fly sets a practical course for green aviation

The revelation comes a day after The Air Current profiled H2Fly, a spinoff of the public German Aerospace Center (DLR) that has made impressive progress with its four-seat, hydrogen fuel cell-powered demonstrator aircraft, the HY4. 

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As Senior Editor, Elan spearheads The Air Current’s coverage of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, along with a focus on emerging sustainable technologies. A commercially-rated helicopter pilot and FAA Gold Seal flight instructor, Head brings a unique vantage point to explore this critical new sector.

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