Solar Impulse completes its solar-powered flight across the US


On Saturday evening the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse touched down safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport, completing its coast-to-coast journey across the domestic United States. The aircraft took off from Mountain View, California on May 3rd, piloted at the time by Bertrand Piccard. It was the first step in a multi-leg trek; Piccard first flew the plane to Phoenix, Arizona. Subsequent jaunts took the plane to Texas, Missouri, and Virginia, with Piccard handing off flying duties to pilot André Borschberg along the way. Each stretch took between 19 and 25 hours, with the vehicle and the Solar Impulse team resting several weeks between excursions.

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