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.
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History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
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