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First Circumnavigation of Globe by Solar-Powered Airplane
August 15, 2016
"While they have achieved another milestone in flight, their circumnavigation is even more momentous for what it demonstrates about clean technology."
UN Environment chief Erik Solheim released the following statement congratulating the Solar Impulse team, who last month completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in a solar-powered airplane:
"Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team, and particularly pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, for their historic achievement. Like Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing or Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier, Solar Impulse has accomplished something truly groundbreaking, proving practical what was once thought impossible."