Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the land of the Haboob, you have no doubt followed the flight of the solar airplane across the Pacific. It was an amazing feat. One pilot in an unpressurized, unheated cabin for five days. Flying below 8,500 feet at a speed of about 54 km/hr.
Today Max and I went to look at the plane at an open house held at Kalaeloa Airport,the landing site for the Solar Impulse 2. There was a good turnout to view a great series of displays and informative materials, chat with the pilot, back-up and flight crew and support personnel.
We were not sure if dogs would be allowed so we simply marched in with Max in his carrying bag (the pooch-pouch) as if we owned the place. Security looked askance but never challenged us so Max got to see the record breaking airplane up close and personal too. It was quite a plane.
The wing span is as wide as a 747 jumbo but the aircraft weighs less than most cars. The materials used in the plane are so light it looks as if it is assembled as a child’s toy. The crammed cockpit must have strained the pilot’s endurance. Afterwards, it was off to the harbor area for some crab and artichoke dip, beer and stories. Then the dreaded bath.