Latest in Aircraft

Image credit:

Solar Impulse ends cross-country US flight slightly early in NY due to torn left wing

Joe Pollicino
07.06.13
28 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Solar Impulse has successfully hopped its way across the US, completing the final leg of its journey from Washington Dulles International Airport. While today marks the end of the effort at New York's JFK airport as expected, the solar-powered aircraft landed a roughly three hours early -- this, due to an eight-foot tear in its left wing discovered over Toms River, New Jersey. According to the crew, the breakage posed no significant threat to pilot André Borschberg, but it did mean a planned fly-by of the Statue of Liberty had to be nixed.

If you'll recall, this was the first US-based trip for Solar Impulse, which the team used largely to raise further awareness about energy efficiency. Aside from that, you can bet some extra publicity can't hurt before a future model is set to make a flight across the world in 2015. Relive Solar Impulse's Across America start at Mountain View, CA here and get more info about the full endeavor at the source link. Livestream wrap-up embedded after the break.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
28 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

View
Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

View
'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

View
TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

View
'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr