5/06/2012: Solar Impulse 1 Maiden Intercontinental Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Solar Impulse 1 (HB-SIA), the world’s first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying both day and night, completed its first intercontinental flight in 2012.

Piloted by Bertrand Piccard, the 19-hour trip saw the aircraft depart Madrid, Spain, bound for Rabat, Morocco.

During the flight, Piccard updated followers of his journey via his Twitter, describing the “great feeling” of the flight.

HB-SIA, pictured before its maiden flight in 2009. Photo: bertrandpiccard.com


Piccard was one of the joint founders of the privately financed Solar Impulse project with Swiss pilot, engineer, and businessman Andre Boschberg. Launched in November 2003, read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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