SOLAR IMPULSE - AROUND THE WORLD IN A SOLAR AIRPLANE
I learned about this particular project - Solar Impulse - which aims to fly a solar powered airplane around the world for the first time with a mixture of child-like excitement and awe. As a boy who was a happy airplane model and glider buff and who saved pocket money every week to buy up books on aircraft until other interests took over, I always suffered from a sense of regret over not living in the era of the Wright Brothers, Santos-Dumont, Alcock and Brown, Lindbergh and other pioneers of aviation. Somehow, all of those regrets are now dead, many years later, in life. Those attempting this flight are pioneers in the same sense as the earliest pioneers were. And, someday in the near future, their feat will be of as much significance as the exploits of the early aviation pioneers. I shall follow Solar Impulse with the delight of nine year old boy. Anyone who cares about the environment and who is excited by the whole business of invention, discovery and human achievement, will be as delighted by this as I am.
I shall wish the team at Solar Impulse the very best of luck while I look forward to congratulating them!