The Solar Impulse 2, a fuel-free plane making a record-breaking round-the-world flight, landed safely in Nanjing last night after flying 1,190 kilometers across China from Chongqing yesterday.
The airplane arrived in Nanjing at around 11:40 p.m. after a 17.5-hour trip from Chongqing, where it’d been held up due to weather delays after touching down on March 31.
Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg began their trip in Abu Dhabi on March 9 and made four stops on their way to China. Their remarkable journey marks the first time an entirely solar-powered plane has attempted to circumnavigate the globe, and they will now prepare for a challenging five-day, five-night Pacific Ocean crossing to Hawaii.
The Solar Impulse will remain in Nanjing for the next 10 days undergoing a thorough servicing, according to the BBC. Meanwhile, co-pilot Borschberg is being treated in Switzerland for migraine problems.