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In-Flight Google Hangout: Ride Along in a Continent-Crossing Solar Plane

•, By Jason Paur
The flight is the final leg of Solar Impulse’s Across America flight that started back on May 3 in San Francisco. At 3:00 p.m. EDT today we will be moderating a live Google Hangout with Borschberg in the cockpit, along with fellow pilot and co-founder Bertrand Piccard on the ground in New York to discuss their pioneering flight. Joining us in “A Flying Hangout to Meet Pioneers” will be film director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron, pilot and electric aviation advocate Erik Lindbergh (Charles’ grandson), and rock-jazz pianist ELEW.

The Solar Impulse plane has flown more than 3,000 miles since departing San Francisco. The albatross-like airplane made stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati and the penultimate stop in D.C. before today’s final flight to New York.

Back in May we had a chance to talk with the two pilots about what it is like to fly the massive solar powered airplane. With a 747-like wingspan of 208 feet, but a weight of just 3,547 pounds, the airplane requires a unique piloting method and we can’t wait to hear what it’s been like to fly across the country.

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