Solar Impulse to fly across the US, as a preparation for a trip around the world in 2015. The official itinerary of the 2013 Across America mission was unveiled by André and Bertrand on Thursday March 28th, at Moffett Airfield in San Francisco.
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Solar Impulse will take a number of technical flights, depending on the weather conditions, from March 30th onward ensuring the last checks before the real thing, the coast-to-coast flight West to East, scheduled to start from May 1st.
“Solar Impulse engineers and technicians were quick at reassembling HB-SIA and thanks to the professional support from the Federal Aviation Administration, the elegant aircraft has been certified and authorized to fly through American skies.
In any case, HB-SIA is eager to absorb some California sunrays to fuel its discovery of the continental United States. The adventure will kick-off in San Francisco with stopovers in Phoenix (Arizona), Dallas (Texas), Atlanta (Georgia) or St. Louis (Missouri) on its way to Washington D.C. and New York City. The exact dates are of course undefined as every leg is dependent on local meteorological conditions.”
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