Parting Shot: Solar Dry Dock

Photo: Odeelo Dayondon

Photo: Odeelo Dayondon

Friday 9:54 AM

University of Hawaii Hangar, Kalaeloa Airport

Photo by Odeelo Dayondon

The Solar Impulse airplane will spend the winter in Hawaii, after completing the longest and most challenging leg of its round-the-world flight, from Nagoya to Kalaeloa Airport. Batteries, which allow the solar-power plane to fly day and night, need repairs after overheating on the 118-hour flight. Standing with the plane are Robert Fraefel, left, head of airplane development, and Peter Stegovec, workshop technician. The revolutionary single-seater made of carbon fiber has a 236-foot wingspan – wider than the largest Boeing 747.

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