6 September 1970: Maynard Hill, the Lindbergh of Model Planes, Boosts his “Catbird” to 8’205m

2430 - L to R standing - Dr John Symborski John Spalding Jack Spalding - George Pickerel and Wayne Simpson - Larry Pierson - Ernest Combs. Kneeling - Maynard Hill - William WatsonLet us look back 45 years on the 6 September 1970 and recall an FAI World Record in Gain in Altitude for Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling (Class F) that has not been broken since. On that day, the American Maynard Luther Hill set the record in Gain in Altitude for Radio Control Flight Aeroplane, with a record altitude of 8.205m (26.920 feet). Hill’s “Catbird” launched at 5:24pm, when the sun was low in the sky and a remarkable improvement in visibility, from the former Naval Weapons Laboratory Airfield, Dahlgren, Virginia in the United States.


4 August 1985: Larry Tudor, the “Part Bird”, who Flew a Record of a 4’343 Meters Gain in Altitude with a Hang Glider

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of an FAI Word Record made by an American pilot described as both “Part Bird” and “Skygod” and who is perhaps one of the finest Hang Glider pilot for tandem or solo flights: Larry Tudor. A fidgety Californian, he has been pushing the edges of how far hang gliders can go since the air sport's early days in the 1970s. During his long career, Tudor set a total of ten FAI World Records and the one we are commemorating today has not yet been broken.


Solar Impulse to Continue its Round-The-World Mission in April 2016 Due to Damage to the Aircraft

2015 07 03 Solar Impulse 2 RTW 7th Flight Nagoya to Hawaii landing revillard 05828The Solar Impulse team has today announced that irreversible damage to the batteries of the experimental aircraft will not allow pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard to complete the circumnavigation of the globe this year. The next flight is not planned before April 2016.


Two Eagles Balloon's Duration and Distance World Records Ratified by FAI


FAI has ratified two world records following the Two Eagle Balloon's fantastic flight across the Pacific Ocean in January.

It took Leonid Tyukhtyaev from Russia and Troy Bradley from USA (above holding the Mexican flag after being taken to shore by a fishing boat in Baja) an incredible 160 hours 34 minutes to reach Baja, Mexico, from Saga, Japan !


8 July 2010: Borschberg Breaks the First Solar-Powered Aeroplane Records Onboard Solar Impulse

NightFlight DominiqueFavre grand format 562Five years ago today, Swiss pilot André Borschberg landed the zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse HB-SIA after a 26h 10m 19s flight from and to Payerne, Switzerland. A normal duration for a jet, but an absolutely incredible performance for a plane using only the power of the sun!


He Made It ! Borschberg Flies Solar Impulse Across the Pacific Ocean

solarimpulselandinghawaiiTo have flown the zero-fuel aircraft, Solar Impulse, for five days and five nights alone across the Pacific Ocean: this is the historic exploit Swiss pilot André Borschberg achieved today at 15:55 UTC (05:55 local time) as he landed in Hawaii, USA, to the cheers of the assembled crowd.


FAI Confirms that Borschberg’s Solo Flight Is the Longest Ever Achieved in an Airplane

solar-impulse-nagoya-hawaiiFAI confirms that at 22:48 UTC Swiss Pilot André Borschberg superseded Steve Fossett’s 2005 duration performance by flying solo for more than 74 h 56 min 05 s above the Pacific Ocean on an airplane.


Solar Impulse Entered into the Second Night of its Flight across the Pacific Ocean

satphoto 2015-06-30-09-20 UTCThe solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.


Solar Impulse Begins the Crossing of the Pacific Ocean in Attempt to Break World Records

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Technical hurdles have been overcome and a favourable weather window has finally been found. At 18:03 UTC last night (03:03 local time), Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg took off from Nagoya, Japan, onboard zero-fuel aircraft SI2.


Solar Impulse Team Cancel Take-Off from Nagoya

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Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.

Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !


Solar Impulse to Resume its Flight to Hawaii Today at 17:30 UTC

solar-impulse-nagoyaSolar Impulse is now ready to go. Weather permitting, it will take off from Nagoya, Japan, today at 17.30 UTC, and thus resume its historical attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii.


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