JFK: SOLAR IMPULSE 2 LANDS EN-ROUTE TO FIRST FUEL-FREE PLANE TRIP AROUND WORLD


By Ron Marsico, Media Relations Staff

Solar Impulse 2, bidding to be the first fuel-free aircraft to circle the globe, landed gracefully at 3:59 AM at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a prelude to the final destination of Abu Dhabi.

Si2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg, celebrate the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 to Kennedy Airport.

Lumbering on approach with a low, steady hum and a necklace of lights on wings longer than those of a Boeing 747, Si2 was greeted with applause by more than 100 supporters, airport workers and reporters in JFK’s pre-dawn darkness.  Approximately an hour earlier, the plane had circled the Statue of Liberty after beginning this leg of the journey from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania.

Solar Impulse 2 at JFK Solar Impulse 2 on the Bay Runway at Kennedy Airport just after touching down.

Pilot Andre Borschberg, 63, beamed as he emerged from the cramped cockpit, embracing fellow…

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