Saturday morning just before 5 a.m, solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse lifted off from Washington, D.C. in the final leg of its significant cross-country flight to New York City. After a transcontinental trip across the United States, finally the aircraft smoothly landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport at 11:09 p.m.
The Solar Impulse weighs 3,527 pounds and runs on four electric propellers powered by an array of solar cells mounted on the plane’s 63-meter (208 feet) wingspan. The flight plan for the revolutionary plane, powered by some 11,000 solar cells on its oversized wings, had called for it to pass the Statue of Liberty before landing early Sunday at New York. But an unexpected 2.5-meter long tear that appeared on the fabric of the lower side of the left wing of the aircraft Saturday afternoon forced officials to scuttle the fly-by and proceed directly to JFK for a landing at 11.11 p.m. (0311 GMT), three hours earlier than scheduled.
However, Solar Impulse CEO André Borschberg was the pilot to who took the plane from Washington, D.C. to New York. During his flight, Borschberg tried to enjoy each moment while sitting on the cockpit of that solar-powered airplane.