When Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg landed his aircraft in Hawaii on July 3 after flying it across the Pacific from Japan, he had already broken a world record.
Borschberg flew Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft fuelled solely by solar energy, across 5,000 miles in five-day non-stop journey — the longest solo flight ever.
That trip was part of a planned 12-leg odyssey that Borschberg and his co-pilot, Bertrand Piccard,
had envisioned for their iconic plane. But the final legs of the tri[ haven’t yet happened; the journey across the Pacific damaged the aircraft’s batteries so badly that the plane is grounded in Hawaii until 2016.
Here’s how the Solar Impulse 2 saga unfolded.