"We've done it," wrote Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard in his blog after the flight. "It actually took off! With its immense wingspan and low speed, it seemed to just hang in the air without moving for 30 seconds. But that was enough for it to fly 350 metres. The whole team held its breath while test pilot Markus Scherdel stabilised the Solar Impulse with a few tweaks of the ailerons before touching down smoothly."
December 4, 2009 8:45 AM PST
Photo by: Solar Impulse/Stephane Gros
| Caption by: Lance Whitney
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