LEG #4: Landing VARANASI - MANDALAY
I landed HB-SIB at the Mandalay International Airport in Myanmar at 19:51 lical time or 13:21 UTC, completing the 4th stop on the Round-The-World route. Flying from Varanasi (India), it took the pilot 13 hours and 29 minutes to arrive in Myanmar where the team of Solar Impulse and the Si2 aircraft will stay for at least 3 days. From the cockpit, just before the descent of Si2 into Mandalay, I was welcomed by a warm message from the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. U Thein Sein, delivered by U Win Swe Tun, Director General, Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport. Piccard also spoke with Serge Pun, Chairman of First Myanmar Investment and Yoma Strategic Holdings, Si2’s Local Partner. This destination was chosen to demonstrate the potential of clean technologies. This was an other record-breaking flight in terms of speed as Si2 reached a ground speed of 117 knots due to tail winds.