Posted June 18, 2013
At 12:15am on Sunday, June 16th, the Solar Impulse made a smooth touchdown on Runway 19L at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD/KIAD), capping a 14 hour flight from Lunken Field in Cincinnati. The single-seat, solar-powered aircraft was piloted by chairman and project initiator, Bertrand Piccard. Piccard has been alternating flights with fellow Swiss pilot, André Borschberg, on the journey across America. Solar Impulse will remain in Virginia until early July, when it departs for New York, on the final leg of the tour. Construction of a second Solar Impulse aircraft, with a pressurized cockpit and upgraded avionics, is underway, and an attempt to circumnavigate the globe is planned for 2015.