Tue, Apr 12, 2011
First Airshow Appearance Made By Solar-Powered Aircraft
The organizers of the International Paris Air Show are said
Monday the solar airplane Solar Impulse will make its first-ever
airshow appearance at the Le Bourget event, and that the aircraft
is scheduled to fly daily.
This will be the first air show appearance made by the
revolutionary aeroplane, culmination of a genuine human and
technological adventure, which made a historic 26-hour day and
night flight without fuel, powered only by solar energy, in July
2010. Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team were
delighted to accept the invitation offered for the event by the
Paris Air Show.
From June 20 to 26, visitors to the show will be able look
closely at Solar Impulse on the ground, and each morning, so long
as weather conditions are favorable, see the airplane fly powered
only by its electric motors. With the participation of Solar
Impulse, the Paris Air Show continues its tradition of presenting
the most innovative prototypes, which have marked the history of
the show for more than 100 years, thereby sharing its passion and
dreams with visitors.
As a showcase for the boldest technological advances, organizers
say the Paris Air Show is in perfect harmony with the culture which
unites the Solar Impulse team in its human quest for innovation,
its search for new technology, its desire to respect the
environment and its motivation for sustainable development.
Given its 210-foot wingspan (as wide as an Airbus A340), light
weight and extremely slow speed, organising flying displays by the
Solar Impulse HB-SIA at the Paris Air Show is also a real aviation
challenge, which will be faced jointly on a daily basis by teams
from both the Show and Solar Impulse.
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