Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 in Allentown

Solar Impulse 2 left Dayton last week for Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Wochit News has the story in Solar-Powered Airplane Lands in Pennsylvania.

A solar-powered airplane has landed in Pennsylvania, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown. The plane's departure from Dayton was delayed as project officials checked for possible damage after fans that keep the mobile hangar inflated had a power failure.
On the way, the pilot had some fun snapping an extreme selfie, as ABC News reported.
Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard snapped a sky-high selfie as he cruised toward Pennsylvania during the 13th leg of the plane's journey around the world.

The Swiss adventurer was able to memorialize his time in the cockpit by using what appears to be an extremely long selfie stick held outside the window of the solar-powered plane.
While in Allentown, the plane is attracting lots of visitors, with The Morning Call reporting Solar Impulse 2 draws thousands for up close look at Allentown airport.  5,000 free tickets were distributed for a one-day-only open house; 3,800 people attended the event.  The paper also reported when "the plane will take off for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City as early as Thursday before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to land in Europe or Northern Africa."  Stay tuned.

ETA: Since I wrote the above, CBS in New York reported Solar-Powered Plane Set To Arrive At JFK Airport.  That should happen this evening, possibly after a flyover of the Statue of Liberty.  I'll have an update tomorrow or the day after.

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