NEW YORK – The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago said their flight over the Statue of Liberty inspired them on their mission to promote a world free from reliance on fossil fuels.
“Today, liberty is about finding and promoting renewable sources of power,” said Bertrand Piccard, one of the pilots of the Solar Impulse 2.
Piccard and Andre Borschberg, who flew the plane to John F. Kennedy International Airport, arrived 4 a.m. Saturday from Pennsylvania.
“It was really gorgeous,” Borschberg said of the Statue of Liberty.
Their trip across the U.S. began April 24.
Piccard said the pair hoped to leave next week on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
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