Solar Impulse ....
Ending the US crossing at the Statue of Liberty “is a very strong moment for me”, said Borschberg as he approached New York, calling it a “symbol of the freedom of enterprise, the freedom to innovate.”
It was the 14th leg of an east-west journey that began March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States.
From New York the Solar Impulse team will attempt to cross the Atlantic to Europe and on to the Middle East.
Borschberg has alternated with fellow Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, a doctor who made the first non-stop balloon flight around the world in 1999.
Their goal is to be the first to circumnavigate the Earth with the sun as their aircraft’s only source of power.
The single-seat aircraft, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, is clad in 17,000 solar cells. During night flights like the one from Pennsylvania to New York, it runs on battery-stored power.—AFP