Now that we are flying to AbuDhabi to complete our round-the-world solar flight, it’s time to think about all of the amazing flights we have done (and their amazing pictures). We had to make it short, but for more pictures don’t hesitate to visit our solarimpulse.com/photos page and our profile on 500px.
1. The beginning of the Round-the-World solar flight
Taking off for the first round-the-world solar flight with a beautiful sunrise over the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. With the whole adventure ahead of us, I’m not sure we relalized we were entering the unknown…
2. The ultimate takeoff over the Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Crossing in 2015 from Japan to Hawaii was the biggest challenge we had encountered. There was a tricky weather window to cross the Pacific Ocean and we even had to perform an emergency landing in Nagoya, Japan. It took the Solar Impulse engineers a total of two months to find a window that would allow us to cross the Pacific safely. This takeoff brought suspense — attempting the longest and most humanly challenging flight yet.
3. Landing in Hawaii after 5 days and 5 nights across the Pacific Ocean
After a tense 5 days and 5 nights flying over the Pacific Ocean and crossing two cold fronts, André Borschberg was finally spotted on the Hawaiian Coast. The emotion this image provokes for us is incredible, knowing that Solar Impulse 2 had just proved perpetual endurance — day and night without a single drop of fuel.
4. Resuming the Mission in 2016
After a nine month break used to replace Si2’s batteries in Hawaii, we started our flight across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to San Francisco. Resuming the solar flights of 2016 that will attempt to finish circumnavigating the globe with solar power.
5. The Golden Flyover
After 60 hours of flight, Bertrand Piccard flew over the Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Moffett Airfield, California. A breath-taking flight to finish Bertand Piccard’s longest flight with Si2.
6. Flying over the Statue of Liberty
To wrap up the flights across the Unites States, André Borschberg reached New York City on June 11th for a flyover of the Statue of Liberty — bringing clean technology to the Big Apple.
7. Bertrand Piccard’s selfie after 2 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Bertrand Piccard takes an extreme, epic selfie on his second day crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
8. Landing in Europe
A warm and colorful welcome in Europe after a 72 hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The Patrulla Aguila heard that Solar Impulse was coming and decided to organize a flyby before Si2 landed in Seville, Spain. A sight we have never seen before.
9. Flyover of the first solar power plant to produce energy day and night
Before Si2 left Europe, André couldn’t help but do a flyover of the GemaSolar Thermosolar power plant. The first power plant to produce energy day and night meets the first airplane to fly day and night.
10. The ancient world meets the new world with clean technology
Before landing in Cairo, the penultimate landing on the round-the-world adventure, André completed a flyover of the ancient Egyptian Pyramids, showing how groundbreaking inventions can remain forever.
Help us spread our #futureisclean message: clean technologies can achieve the impossible, like flying around the world with no fuel. If we can do it in the air, let’s take it further and do it also on the ground! We could reduce our energy consumption by half as of today!