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Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2015
15/04 - 2015

Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2015

I’d never imagined that setting off to fly round the world would be so poignant. I’ve been dreaming about it for 16 years, ever since landing from my round-the-world balloon flight, and it’s hard for me to believe that the great day has arrived. It's as if a new phase of my life is suddenly beginning.

We’d had a series of unexpected snags in recent days, including an electrical alarm just a few seconds before takeoff. Then Solar Impulse 2, flown on this first leg by André, disappeared into the mist. Unless it was into the tears that were blurring my eyes.


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