Two months ago we wrote about the beginning of Solar Impulse's sun-powered journey across the U.S. (from San Francisco, California, to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Dallas, Texas, to St. Louis, Missouri, and ending in Washington D.C. and New York City), and now we're happy to report that the historic series of flights - it wasn't done in one hop - has been concluded with a successful landing at JFK airport in NYC.
The Washington Post wrote:
The flight plan for the revolutionary plane, powered by some 11,000 solar cells on its oversized wings, had called for it to pass the Statue of Liberty before landing early Sunday at New York. But an unexpected tear discovered on the left wing of the aircraft Saturday afternoon forced officials to scuttle the fly-by and proceed directly to JFK for a landing three hours earlier than scheduled.
Pilot Andre Borschberg trumpeted the milestone of a plane capable of flying during the day and night, powered by solar energy, crossing the U.S. without the use of fuel.
“It was a huge success for renewable energy,” Borschberg said while standing in front of Solar Impulse on the runway at JFK. “The only thing that failed was a piece of fabric.”
If you want to see for yourself, there are some 'public days' soon: The Solar Impulse team will be opening its doors to the public at JFK International Airport on Saturday July 13th from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM and on Sunday July 14th from 11 AM to 7:30 PM. Click here to register for the Saturday visit and here for the Sunday visit.
Via Solar Impulse