AP PHOTOS: Solar-powered plane finishes flight over Pacific

This April 9, 2016 photo provided by Bertrand Piccard via Global Newsroom shows Piccard taking a selfie on board Solar Impulse 2 during a test flight over the Pacific Ocean. The solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey had traveled 80 percent of the way from Hawaii to California by Saturday, April 23. The aircraft's destination on this leg of the journey is Mountain View, Calif., at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. (Bertrand Piccard/Global Newsroom via AP)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — That wasn’t just any plane on a fly-by over the Golden Gate Bridge.

As spectators watched the thin solar-powered aircraft with extra wide wings, it was nearing the end of the trans-Pacific leg of its around-the-world sojourn.


The global journey of Solar Impulse 2 began in Abu Dhabi in March 2015. It faced delays along the way, before attempting the most dangerous part of its sojourn: the flight over the Pacific Ocean’s vast expanses, where there are few places to make an emergency landing.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard made the 62-hour, nonstop solo flight without fuel. Now three more stops in the United States remain.

The plane will then attempt to traverse the Atlantic Ocean on the last leg of its trip.

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