Solar Impulse makes history as the first around-the-world solar-electric airplane flight, 40,000+ km with no fuel

Abu Dhabi, UAE, July 27th 2016: Solar Impulse successfully landed in Abu Dhabi with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, completing the last leg of the Round-The-World journey. Departed from Abu Dhabi on march 9th 2015, the Round-the-World Solar Flight took more than 500 flight hours and covered 40’000 km. Swiss founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg aim to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world. The duo took turns flying Solar Impulse 2, changing at each stop and will fly over the Arabian Sea, to India, to Myanmar, to China, across the Pacific Ocean, to the United States, over the Atlantic Ocean to Southern Europe or Northern Africa before finishing the journey by returning to the initial departure point.

Bertrand Piccard today finished the first around-the-world flight with a solar-electric airplane, the Solar Impulse 2 (a.k.a. HB-SIB).  That’s over 40,000 kilometers flown, leaving Abu Dhabi in March 2015 and returning to their starting point today, July 25, 2016.  This flight, as did several other Solar Impulse flights, demonstrated this…

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