It is done! At 9.15 am, after a flight of about one hour André Borschberg landed the HB-SIA with unbeatable style on the airfield of Payerne.
Although he almost had to do another "victory lap" which in fact wouldn't have surprised anybody in the Solar Impulse team. After all our CEO worked vigorously during seven years for this - his - day. "Towards the end of the flight it became a little bumpy", André said with a big smile after taking off his helmet, "and the wind pushed from behind. I was forced to reduce the engine power more and more and still was not quite sure if I might have to fly a go-around. That was really interesting."Then words of joy bursted out of André. "It's incredible, you'll see", he called out to Bertrand Piccard who had come running to embrace his friend. "But it was over much too soon. In one moment I took off and everything was suddenly quiet - and woosh! I was already back on the ground. It's crazy."Then André turned to our today's guest of honor, who had come a long way just to witness this memorable moments here in Payerne: Prince Albert II. of Monaco who is a patron of Solar Impulse since the earliest days of the project.
"Thank you for coming, your Highness", André said to Prince Albert II.
Prince Albert II: "I didn't want to miss this day."
André: "How long can you stay with us?"
Prince Albert: "I don't know yet. Certainly long enough to have a glass of champagne with you."
André: "This is so unbelievable. I think I'll go on and smile all night long."
Although he almost had to do another "victory lap" which in fact wouldn't have surprised anybody in the Solar Impulse team. ...