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The Solar Impulse 2 has landed!

We all join in saluting and honoring our extraordinary Explorers Club colleagues, Bertrand Piccard FI’00 and André Borschberg, FI’13 on their historic achievement—the world’s first round-the-world flight by a solar powered aircraft.  As you know, The Explorers Club Flag accompanied this mission and was displayed at many of the stops along the route.

The journey started in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on March 9 last year and after 17 stops, Bertrand piloted Solar Impulse 2 on its last leg from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, landing on July 25.

Along the route, André set a world’s record, piloting Solar Impulse 2 on the longest non-stop solo flight by a solar powered aircraft last July—4 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii.

Bertrand and André started the Solar Impulse project 14 years ago to advance aviation technology and spotlight climate change.  They say they have clearly advanced both goals.

We are enormously proud of our association with Bertrand and André, and their magnificent achievement of a carbon free circumnavigation of our planet – a remarkable first in the history of worldwide aviation.

Best regards to all,

Ted Janulis

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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