? PODCAST: They said it was impossible to fly an airplane on solar power. Bertrand Piccard didn’t listen. He built one. Then he flew it around the world.
#OnThisDay in 1999, Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon became the first balloon to make a nonstop trip circumnavigating the globe. Piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, it took off from a Swiss village and landed in the Egyptian desert, flying 42,810 kilometers in nearly 20 days
In March 1999, Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard made the first non-stop flight around the world in a balloon. What were the highs and lows of the journey? Hear more:
Twenty years ago today, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first nonstop flight around the world in a balloon. Piccard said of the flight: "Human beings always want to control nature, but... we must harmonize with nature, following the rhythm of the wind."
#OTD in 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones departed in Breitling Orbiter 3 on the first nonstop flight around the world in a free balloon.
We took a tour of Solar Impulse 2 with pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg
Bertrand Piccard begins around-the-world flight in a plane that requires no fuel: