Solar plane lands in Spain after 3-day Atlantic crossing
A plane controlled exclusively by the sun landed securely in Seville in Spain right off the bat Thursday following a very nearly three-day flight over the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the main ever fuel-less flight far and wide.
The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 touched down soon after 7.30 a.m. nearby time in Seville in the wake of leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport at around 2.30 a.m. EDT on June 20.
The flight of a little more than 71 hours was the fifteenth leg of the round-the-world excursion by the plane guided in turns by Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.
“Goodness la-la, totally flawless,” Piccard said in the wake of landing, saying thanks to his designing group for their endeavors.
With a cruising velocity of around 70 kilometers 60 minutes (43 miles for each hour), like a normal auto, the plane has more than 17,0000 sun powered cells worked into wings with a traverse greater than that of a Boeing 747.