March 9, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 to fly around the world

 Another "first" in flight, a solar-powered airplane!

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The Verge reports:
The Swiss-engineered airplane Solar Impulse 2 will begin its solar-powered flight around the world on Monday. If weather permits, the plane will launch from Abu Dhabi early in the morning. The plane was scheduled to launch earlier this month, but was delayed due to weather conditions.
The flight should take around five months to complete, and the 21,748-mile journey has been divided into 12 manageable trips. The team behind the Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will share piloting duties during the 500-hour flight. The single-cabin airplane has a 236-foot wingspan covered in 17,248 solar cells that power four electric motors. Because its wing cells store energy from the Sun, the Solar Impulse 2 can fly at night as well as during the day.
Piccard and Borschberg have been a part of the Solar Impluse team for years now (Piccard is the president of Solar Impulse, and Borschberg is the co-founder and CEO). Together, they hold eight world records for flight, including the first solar-powered flight across the US in the original Solar Impulse.
After taking off in Abu Dhabi, the Solar Impulse 2 will make stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, the US, and Southern Europe or Northern Africa before landing back in Abu Dhabi sometime in July. You can track the plane's progress here.

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March 25, 2014

Model Is Now On Display at Museum

To-Scale Model of Clark Dyer's Flying Machine

The Model of Clark Dyer's "Apparatus for Navigating the Air" is now on display at the Union County Historical Society's Museum in the Old Courthouse on the Square in Blairsville. The model was built to scale by Jack Allen of Blairsville using the 1874 U.S. Patent drawings and descriptions. The display case has a mirrored floor which enables a view of the open bottom of the craft and its internal working parts. The hinged wings are left uncovered to show how they function.

Many thanks to Jack Allen for his time and skill in building this model of Micajah Clark Dyer's flying machine. It will be enjoyed for years to come and will acquaint the public with the genius of Georgia's Pioneer Aviator who was able to envision, build and fly an aircraft with steering capability far ahead of other airplane inventors.