Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made history with their circumnavigation of the globe in 2016 and will now share their experience with the rest of world. A film of their adventure - L'Impossible Tour du Monde - is to be screened in Monaco later this month.
Five continents, 43,000 kilometres and all in an airplane powered by solar energy: Solar Impulse is a story that has captivated people of all ages and from all corners of the world. On 13th February at the Auditorium Rainer III and in the presence of the pilots, the one and a half hour film will recount the challenges and daily lives of the two men who completed this incredible mission.
Speaking about the film, Piccard says, “It shows what life was like in this incredible airplane… It shows the indescribable images of our flight as we passed over the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pyramids of Giza.”
Throughout the flight, which took one and a half years, Monaco was the control centre. From here, all the routes were calculated, the condition of the pilots supervised and Prince Albert II and his foundation supported the project financially.
Aside from being purely a celebration of this impressive human and technological feat, the pilots and the 150-strong team behind them are keen to stress the ecological message of Solar Impulse in screening the film.
"We were very dissatisfied with our planet and the monstrous lack of respect for the environment. With our flight, we wanted to show that there are other ways of thinking. In order to get as much attention as possible, we have done something that was believed impossible,” says Piccard.
Prince Albert comments: "We are happy and proud to have participated in this project. Our control centre played a major role in the successful implementation of this initiative. There are only a few moments in a person's life that he can proudly say: I was there. This [the completion of the Solar Impulse flight] is such a moment.”
Viewing is free and reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.