The solar-powered airplane known as Solar Impulse is about to land on Hawaii Airport after breaking the record for uninterrupted solo flight.
Solar Impulse is about to finish its round-the-world record flight. It is a solar-powered and is currently on its most dangerous leg of the journey. Hawaii is its destination. The pilot is a world-weary traveller indeed as he makes his way to Hawaii Airport.
He will be landing soon. Andre Borschberg is an aviation expert who has spent the last four days on a beeline journey from Japan to Hawaii. It was a jaded individual who was flying the aircraft. Many a sleepless night had left him at the end of his tether.
More than 90% of the trip has been covered. Now the tarmac on the islands of Hawaii is just moments away. Underneath the sunlight once again, the aircraft is going for the goal. Just a couple of hundred kilometers are what lie between Solar Impulse and Hawaii.
A cold weather barrier was crossed earlier by the plane. The conditions were indeed unsafe and even perilous at times. But somehow the aviator made it through and by the Grace of God he will be landing soon. Then it will be many accolades and a long rest to restore and replenish his resources.
1600 GMT is the approximate time when the plane is supposed to land in Hawaii, reported Guardian. Everybody’s prayers are with Andre. Andre has flown for more than a 100 hours in the air which is a record indeed. The previous record was 76 hours in a solo flight and that was about a decade ago.
Andre took quick catnaps along the way during his flight. These were merely 20 minutes in duration. That is hardly enough time to catch some serious shuteye. Sleep after all is necessary for vitality and concentration.
Andre possesses a parachute and life boat in case he has to abandon plans due to an emergency mid-flight. Andre also faced inclement weather along the way. He is bone-tired by now having spent way too much time at the same task of manipulating the airplane.
Alone in the cockpit at an altitude of almost 30,000 feet above sea level, the pilot bravely faced the formidable task of breaking the erstwhile record. Solar Impulse took off from Abu Dhabi and now it is about to complete its mission. The plane has 17,000 solar cells on the upper surface of its wings which essentially power the airplane.