Great news for anyone that cares about the environment! On Saturday, June 11th, the solar-powered aircraft, the Solar Impulse 2 touched down in New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after having traveled across the continental United States on its continued journey around the world.
“Si2 is now safe in New York, JFK airport. Our new home is Hangar 19 in John F. Kennedy International Airport!”, was exclaimed as the plane touched down on the tarmac.
The Swiss-made experimental aircraft was created at the Swiss airfield, Payerne Air Base between 2011-2013 as a joint venture between multiple sponsor companies lead by head-designer, businessman, and engineer André Borschberg and piloted by both Borschberg and lead-pilot and areonaut, Bertrand Piccard. Aviation enthusiasts may recognize Piccard as being the individual that circum-navigated the globe in late 1999 in the world’s first non-stop balloon flight – A feat that earned Piccard a place in the Guiness Book of World Records.
The intended purpose of the flight was to show world leaders and aviation companies that solar-power is a viable source of motive energy for long-distance flights and in turn, generating increased interest in pursuit of solar technologies.
The plane had been initially scheduled to head to the Big Apple late Monday evening but poor weather forced the crew and support staff to re-direct the flight.
The Solar Impulse 2 first began its trip across the continental US back in April when the plane touched down in San Francisco after having sojourned across the Atlantic from Hawaii. This is the last flight listed for the Solar Impulse 2 at this time.
Anyone interested in learning more about the flight and the future of solar-power in the aviation industry can learn more at their website, SolarImpluse.com