8 memorable milestones of the first solar-powered flight around-the-world
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It took 26,098 miles, 510 flying hours, 17 individual flights, and zero fossil fuels. That’s the measure of the recently completed round-the-world flight by the Swiss-built solar-powered aircraft known as Solar Impulse 2. Designed, built, and piloted by two Swiss clean energy fanatics, SI2 flew around the globe to demonstrate the awesome potential of solar power. In doing so, the airplane and its pilots grabbed not only the attention of people around the world, but their hearts and minds as well. The Solar Impulse project was born out of a desire to show the world the potential of clean energy and it has certainly succeeded in that aim. Here’s a look back at the most memorable milestones of the epic circumnavigation.