April 25, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
The solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft continued its world tour by flying over San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge on April 23. The flight took off from San Jose’s Moffett Airfield and also flew over the Bay Bridge.
The flight, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, was observed by Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the hero of the miracle on the Hudson River landing. The event was the first leg of a planned tour across the United States as part of the Solar Impulse team’s plan to fly the aircraft around the world.
The aircraft, a project launched in 2003, completed the world’s first solar 26-hour day and night flight in 2010. It flew to Brussels and Paris in 2011. In 2012, the aircraft flew its first intercontinental flight, from Europe to Africa.
The Solar Impulse will fly from San Francisco to Phoenix; Dallas; St. Louis, Mo., or Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and finally New York City.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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