On Friday, July 3, 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 made aviation history as the solar-powered plane — piloted by Mr. André Borschberg — landed safely at Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, Oah’u, Hawai’i.
Meanwhile, back in Monte-Carlo, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco along with dozens of Solar Impulse 2 support staff at the Monaco Mission Control Center erupted in cheers and hi-fives as they learned of the news.
The flight, which departed Nagoya, Japan, on Monday, June 29 took “…117 hours and 52 minutes [to fly over] the Pacific Ocean (a distance of 4,480 miles or 7,200 km), powered by 17,248 solar cells, fully charging its batteries each day to stay aloft at night…” writes the Associated Press.
The Solar Impulse 2 will remain on the island of Oah’u until sometime next week. Then, the solar-powered plane will fly to Phoenix, Arizona piloted by Mr. Bertrand Piccard.