The Solar Impulse, a solar powered airplane using zero fuel, made history by successfully landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport from Washington Dulles International Airport over the weekend. The flight took 18 hours and 23 minutes and was somewhat dramatically cut 3 hours short due to an 8 foot tear discovered on the left wing. Click here to see a short video of the plane landing at JFK.
“This last leg was especially difficult due to the damage of the fabric on the left wing. It obliged the team to envisage all the possible scenarios, including bailing out over the Atlantic. But this type of problem is inherent to every experimental endeavor,” said pilot André Borschberg, shortly after landing.
In total, the trans-American flight took 105 hours and 41 minutes, traveling just over 3,500 miles at an average speed of 33 miles per hour. The journey began in San Francisco,Read More