If you saw it overhead on Wednesday you know it flies slow - 30 mph. It glides gently overhead making me thing of gliders, but no glider ever attempted a trip around the world solely on solar power. YES, flying completely clean using only the power of the sun.
The vision of two pilots Bertrand Piccard, psychiatrist and explorer with his avant-gardist vision, and André Borschberg, engineer and entrepreneur with his managerial experience fly the solar impulse.
The airplane is a flying laboratory full of clean technologies. It took 12 years of research and development, to develop an aircraft powered by dozens of environmentally friendly products and processes.
|Panoramic shot from tail to right wing|
|Energy efficient engines|
Kudos for the airport for being ready to handle the crowd seeing the plane. Tickets were available on line to see it. Ticket were free. Luckily I saw an article on the Morning Call site of Facebook and immediately booked our tickets. Our time was from 1 to 2pm, and I was truly in awe of it, Parke was not. I am not sure why, but he did take some of these pictures and he wants photo credit.
The next piece of history will be when the Solar Impulse does a fly over NYC and then it's next flight will be across the Atlantic Ocean, they told me this would take another 5 days. WOW again.
Safe flight Solar Impulse, thanks for including us in a piece of history and that's....another day in Catasauqua.