Solar Impulse the solar-powered airplane has successfully landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. For the first time a plane capable of flying day and night powered exclusively by solar energy has crossed the USA from the West to the East Coasts without the use of fuel.
André Borschberg, Solar Impulse Co-founder and CEO, landed Solar Impulse at JFK on Saturday, July 6 at 11:09 p.m. EDT. The flight took 18h 23min with a departure from Washington Dulles at 04:46 a.m. EDT on Saturday.
André Borschberg shortly after landing, said:
“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. In the end, this didn’t prevent us from succeeding in our Across America mission and provided an invaluable learning experience in preparation for the round-the-world tour in 2015. We extend our gratitude to all airport and government authorities whose precious support made this mission possible.”
source Solar Impulse