CINCINNATI -- After 10 days in St. Louis, the first plane that can fly day or night without fuel made its way to Cincinnati on Friday.
Solar Impulse, the name of the solar-powered plane, took off from Lambert Airport in St. Louis early Friday and landed at Lunken Airport at 8:15 p.m. Friday evening, according to a press release from officials associated with the Solar Impulse project.
Pilot André Borschberg successfully completed the first half of this challenging flight, defying strong cross and head winds and bringing Solar Impulse a step closer to Washington D.C.
The fourth leg of the Across America mission was split into two flights because of the heavy winds, which would have slowed down the aircraft that typically travels at speeds of roughly 40 MPH.
Representatives for the Solar Impulse team said via press release that the winds would have made it impossible for the pilot to reach the nation’s capital in less than 24 hours, which is the limit set for the pilot in the cramped, single-seat cockpit.
The Solar Impulse team said it is particularly grateful for the quick reaction of Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport in accepting to house the plane on such short notice. Mayor Mark Mallory was on hand at the landing to greet the pilot.
After a stopover of 11 hours in Cincinnati, Bertrand Piccard will take-off for Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday around 8 a.m.
The fifth and final leg of the trip will take place in early July, when the plane makes its way from Washington, D.C., to JFK Airport in New York.
You can follow the remainder of the flight LIVE below or at http://live.solarimpulse.com/.
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