Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

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Solar Impulse 2

Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

This afternoon throngs of people lined up on an airfield north of Zurich to greet the return of the Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world without using a drop of fuel. NewInZurich was amongst them and Carmen Sirboiu caught these shots of the pilots and the atmosphere as Solar Impulse 2 came home after its historic flight.

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg (top photo) looked relaxed and happy as they greeted the attendant crowds and reporters and signed autographs. They were excited to see the Solar Impulse 2 back in Dübendorf and explained that for the past 13 years, they had lived only for the Solar Impulse, “It was our baby, our home, our friend and our tool for two years,” said Piccard, but although the adventure had come to an end the project continued.

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

On its epic journey Solar Impulse 2 has covered more than 40,000 km (24,800 miles) in 16 months, having left Abu Dhabi on 9th March 2015 and completed its amazing circumnavigation on 26th July 2016.

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

Solar Impulse 2:

  • stopped at 17 destinations
  • spent a record-breaking 550 hours in the air
  • had a budget of CHF170 million ($177 million) for the project
  • André Borschberg flew the longest-ever solo flight and was in the air for a record 117 hours
  • technical problems led to a long grounding for repairs in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 Back in Switzerland After Record Flight

The Solar Impulse project has accomplished a number of key achievements, such as the first solar night flight, the first solar intercontinental flight, the first solar ocean crossing as well as the longest solar flights in time and distance. For now, the Solar Impulse 2 is back home having come a long way from the very first Solar Impulse prototype flight which had only lasted 30 seconds.

All photos by Carmen Sirboiu

For more information please visit the Solar Impulse Website.