Plane-completes-first-solar-powered-cross-Atlantic-flight. SEVILLE, Spain, – The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain on Thursday, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a solar-powered airplane.
The clean-energy aircraft left New York City for Seville, Spain, four days ago after previously crossing the Pacific, flying non-stop from Hawaii to San Francisco before embarking on a cross-continental journey that took the plane to Arizona, Oklahoma, Ohio and Pennsylvania before finally landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
“Proud to have landed in Spain after a 72-hour-long flight above the Atlantic!” Solar Impulse said in a tweet.
The plane’s journey is scheduled to end in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where it first took off in 2015 to showcase the possibility of global circumnavigation on clean energy. The plane, which is powered by 17,000 solar cells on its wide wings, flies at an average speed of 28 mph and runs on stored energy at night.