Solar-Powered Airplane Lands Safely in California
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A solar-powered airplane completed the riskiest part of its odyssey around the Earth on Saturday night, when it landed in California after a nonstop solo, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean, the Associated Press reported.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard flew the Solar Impulse 2 for 62 hours straight without fuel, finally landing at 11:45 p.m. in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, according to AP.
Piccard and pilot Andre Borschberg started this journey around the world in March 2015, when they left from Abu Dhabi, AP said. They have taken turns flying the plane solo for different legs of the trip, making stops in Oman, Myanmar, China, Japan and Hawaii.
The latest leg of the trek was the riskiest because of the lack of emergency landing sites, AP said.
"You know there was a moment in the night, I was watching the reflection of the moon on the ocean, and I was thinking, 'I'm completely alone in this tiny cockpit, and I feel completely confident.' And I was really thankful to life for bringing me this experience," Piccard said at a news conference after landing in California, according to AP. "It's maybe this is one of the most fantastic experiences of life I've had."
Solar Impulse 2 will make three more stops in the United States and then head to either Europe or Northern Africa, AP reported.
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