The longest flight on Earth, a 16-hour barnburner from Dallas to Sydney, Australia, might seem excruciatingly long, but it can't hold a candle to this trip: the world's first solar-powered plane is about to embark on a five-month flight around the entire planet. Here's hoping they get peanuts and beverage service.
Along with lead engineer and co-pilot Andre Borschberg, pilot Bertrand Piccard will navigate the globe in his brainchild, the Solar Impulse 2, beginning this March. The flight will leave Abu Dhabi before heading to India, Myanmar, China, the US, and southern Europe or North Africa, finally returning to its point of departure. Borschberg and Piccard have flown the aircraft at least 21 times so far, and believe they'll be able to make the global trip in good time -- provided there’s enough sunlight to keep the plane’s lithium batteries charged overnight, that is. Seems like a good reason to pack extra batteries. And maybe a parachute.