Imperial, California - It took Charles Lindburgh 33 and half hours to make his historic New York to Paris solo flight in 1927. Lucky Lindy's Spirit of St. Louis carried 425 gallons of fuel for the 3,500 mile journey. Switzerland's André Borschberg had no fuel aboard his plane, the Solar Impulse 2, when he took off on his record-breaking solo flight from Japan, landing 4,000 miles and nearly five days later in Hawaii on July 3, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Borschberg's achievements: he broke the distance record for a solar-powered flight; he broke the endurance record, as well; and, of course, it was the longest solo flight by the pilot of any kind of airplane. But, his trip is not over. The aviation pioneer is out to break the round-the-world record.
"This oceanic flight to Hawaii demonstrates that if technological solutions exist to fly a plane day and night without fuel, then there is potential for these same efficient technologies to be used in our daily lives, and to achieve energy savings to reduce CO2 emissions," Bertrand Piccard, Borschberg's partner and co-founder the company that built the aircraft.