A Record Has Been Set By the Pilot of a Solar-Powered Airplane

Aviation seems to attract those who are looking to put their names in the record books stated Zeca Oliviera. Ever since Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean, others have followed behind him pushing the boundaries of the possible ever outward. It was as recently as 2006 that American pilot Steve Fossett took the record for the longest non-stop flight ever by flying for 76 hours. Fossett will now have to hand this record off to a Swiss pilot by the name of Andre Borschberg.

Borschberg is the pilot of a plane called Solar Impulse. It is record setting itself in that it is a solar-powered plane that achieved this record. It is still in flight so by the time it finishes its attempt to circumnavigate the globe, it will not have only smashed the aforementioned record with more than 120 hours in flight but it will also be the first solar-powered plane to achieve this feat. It’s hard to know what records will be left to take in the field of aviation after this one. I guess the next one will be when someone invents a jet pack and they become the first person to circumnavigate the globe without an airplane. The emergence of the space race in the 1960s had taken a lot of attention off of records achieved by airplanes, but not much has been happening in the realm of manned space flight since the Apollo missions ended in the early ’70s and since the shuttle was retired.

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