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Si2 has arrived in Europe after 71 hours and 8 minutes of flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
Solar Impulse 2 will make its bid across the Pacific at a later date.
The 22,000-mile circumnavigational flight was conceived to showcase engineering advances and raise awareness about clean energy and climate change.
We spoke to one of Solar Impulse 2's pilots ahead of test flights this week.
Solar Impulse 2 will take off where its predecessor left and circumnavigate the globe with no fuel.
We swung by its last public meet-and-greet Sunday, to see the semi-famous airplane in person, and take part in—what we assumed would be—screaming, adoring crowds.
The two trips are separated by a century, but as pioneers of their respective fields—solar aviation and aviation itself—Solar Impulse, which just completed the first solar-powered transcontinental flight, and the Vin Fiz Flyer beg to be compared.