History flies to Dayton


Solar-powered airplane lands at Dayton International Airport

By Michael Ullery



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre’ Borschberg speaks to a large crowd gathered at the Dayton International Airport on Saturday evening. With Borschberg is fellow pilot on the project Bertrand Piccard, and Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grand niece and nephew of Wilber and Orville Wright.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 touches down at the Dayton International Airport around 10 p.m. on May 21, 2016. The historic aircraft made a stop at the Birthplace of Aviation on its way to the first-ever round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aircraft.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Terry Slaybaugh, Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton, second from right, reads a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg as Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great grand nephew and niece of Wilber and Orville Wright look on following the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016. Solar Impulse 2 is attempted to make history as the first solar-powered airplane to complete a round-the-world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.


VANDALIA – As the world of aviation continues to evolve, the path of aviation history once again touched Dayton on Saturday as Solar Impulse 2 touched down at the Dayton International Airport.

Si2 is solar-powered airplane, designed in Switzerland, on a historic trek to become the first solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world.

Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg are piloting the enormous airplane on its journey, taking turns at the controls in the single-seat cockpit, as it continues its west-to-east trip, flying day and night without using a drop of fuel.

Borschberg, who is the Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse 2 group, who piloted Si2 into Dayton, was excited as he spoke with reporters and onlookers who gathered at the Dayton Airport on Saturday evening to watch the arrival. “What was special today was that the 21st of May is the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh landing in Paris after the crossing of the Atlantic,” said Borschberg, “at the same time I was flying over St. Louis (in reference to Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis crossing the Atlantic Ocean non-stop in 1927). And then I arrived here in Dayton where aviation was created.”

On hand to greet Borschberg were Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grand nephew and niece of Wilber and Orville Wright. Handshakes and hugs were exchanged in an emotional ceremony in front of Si2 and a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, read by Dayton’s Director of Aviation Terry Slaybaugh, welcoming the Si2 pilots and their team to the Birthplace of Aviation.

Si2 is described as “a concentration of clean technologies, a flying laboratory.” The aircraft is made of carbon fiber and has a 236 foot wingspan, larger than that of a Boeing 747, yet weighs only 5100 pounds. It carries 17,248 solar cells built into the wings. The cells power four, 38.5 watt batteries, that in turn provide power to four electric motors, of 17.5 horsepower each. The airplane is therefore capable of saving a maximum amount of energy during the day and flying on battery power through the night. Si2 requires zero fuel to operate and could fly for an unlimited amount of time, limited only by the pilot’s endurance.

Si2 is in a specially built, inflatable hanger at the airport and is scheduled to be here through early Tuesday morning, when pilot Bertrand Piccard will board the craft and begin the next leg of the around-the-world trip, stopping next in New York before Borschberg will get back behind the controls for the long over-the-water flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

The project is supported by Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, Google, Altran, Covestro, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Swisscom and Moet Hennessy, Masdar in Abu Dhabi and Foundation Prince Albert II in Monaco.

The main goal of the project is to prove that clean technologies can acheive the impossible.

To follow the progress of Si2, the pilots, crew and support team, you can visit www.solarimpulse.com

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre’ Borschberg speaks to a large crowd gathered at the Dayton International Airport on Saturday evening. With Borschberg is fellow pilot on the project Bertrand Piccard, and Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grand niece and nephew of Wilber and Orville Wright.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_052116mju_solarimpulse_1-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre’ Borschberg speaks to a large crowd gathered at the Dayton International Airport on Saturday evening. With Borschberg is fellow pilot on the project Bertrand Piccard, and Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great-grand niece and nephew of Wilber and Orville Wright.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 touches down at the Dayton International Airport around 10 p.m. on May 21, 2016. The historic aircraft made a stop at the Birthplace of Aviation on its way to the first-ever round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aircraft.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_052116mju_solarimpulse_2-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Solar Impulse 2 touches down at the Dayton International Airport around 10 p.m. on May 21, 2016. The historic aircraft made a stop at the Birthplace of Aviation on its way to the first-ever round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aircraft.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Terry Slaybaugh, Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton, second from right, reads a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg as Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great grand nephew and niece of Wilber and Orville Wright look on following the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016. Solar Impulse 2 is attempted to make history as the first solar-powered airplane to complete a round-the-world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_052116mju_solarimpulse_3-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Terry Slaybaugh, Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton, second from right, reads a proclamation from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg as Stephen Wright and Amanda Wright Lane, great grand nephew and niece of Wilber and Orville Wright look on following the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016. Solar Impulse 2 is attempted to make history as the first solar-powered airplane to complete a round-the-world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0694-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0748-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0798-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0820-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0837-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0878-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
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Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_0992-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_1008-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.

Solar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MU2_1137-1.jpgSolar Impulse 2 landed at the Dayton International Airport on May 21, 2016 during its historic around the world flight.
Solar-powered airplane lands at Dayton International Airport

By Michael Ullery

Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335 or on Twitter @The DailyCall

Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335 or on Twitter @The DailyCall

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