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Across America 2013: Golden Gate Flight © Solar Impulse | J. Revillard


Beautiful Pic Of San Francisco From Solar Bird

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By Amber Archangel

This is a breathtaking view of the solar plane, Solar Impulse flying over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Solar Impulse team said it best: Golden Flight!

Across America 2013: Golden Gate Flight © Solar Impulse | J. Revillard

Across America 2013: Golden Gate Flight © Solar Impulse | J. Revillard

What an incredible day, Solar Impulse high above the Golden Gate Bridge, gently hovering over the architectural masterpiece for all to see. We’ve been talking about this exploit for weeks, but seeing the first shots of the solar bird above San Francisco goes beyond what we had imagined: spectacular!

With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, HB-SIA took off under the captivated stare of Chesley B. Sullenberger III (a.k.a. “Sully”) — world renowned pilot who managed the amazing emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. They got a chance to meet and exchange their long experience in the air while the sun was rising above Moffett Airfield.

I believe that HB-SIA can now leave the Bay Area with a grin of satisfaction: not only did it get a chance to reside inside the historical Hangar 2 at Moffett Airfield, but it was also able to bring to life one of its greatest dreams — a golden flight above San Francisco’s best-known monuments.

This video is very well produced, it has a lovely soundtrack and was just released today. The team is getting ready for the launch of their “Across America 2013″ mission. They depart around the first of May on the first leg of their journey. The destination is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. In early July 2013 they will fly the fifth and last leg arriving in New York’s JFK Airport.

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