A new plane could help fight wildfires. But privacy advocates are worried

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:00pm

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The Airbus Zephyr 8 is a solar-powered craft designed to stay in the stratosphere for long periods of time.

The skies over western Arizona have been serving as a testing ground for a new type of aircraft — one that boosters say has great potential in civil engineering and other uses, but that privacy advocates are worried about.

The Airbus Zephyr 8 craft had been doing a series of tests over and around the Yuma Proving Grounds.

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy of the Arizona Mirror did some digging to find out more about it. The Show spoke with him to learn about the craft and how it could be used.

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