Universal Hydrogen’s Dash 8 testbed aircraft pictured at Moses Lake, Washington, last month, when it conducted initial taxi testing on the ground. The airplane took off at 8:41am PST from Grant County International Airport and flew for 15 minutes. The flight was the first in a two-year flight test campaign which Universal hopes to close by the end of 2025. The company plans to enter passenger service with a different regional aircraft, an ATR 72, converted to run on hydrogen.

MOSES LAKE — A small crowd of investors, airline representatives and journalists at Moses Lake in Central Washington got a first look Thursday morning at whether hydrogen power might be the future of sustainable, zero-emissions aviation.

A turboprop De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 retrofitted by Los Angeles-based startup Universal Hydrogen took off from Moses Lake in a brief pioneering flight aimed at proving the technology viable.

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