Solar Impulse 2 (stuck in China last I heard waiting for enough good
weather to cross the Pacific Ocean at 35 mph): "with a massive 263-foot
wingspan, the same as a Boeing 747. Yet even with that massive wingspan
loaded with more than 17,000 monocrystalline silicon solar cells, and more
than 2,000 pounds worth of lithium-ion batteries, the entire plane weighs
in at just over 5,000 pounds. This allows the 17.5 horsepower to push the
Solar Impulse 2 along at a maximum speed of… 35 MPH."

Now, there was a time when most people scoffed at the idea of a home
computer, and what would you do with one any way? A digital camera that
would fit inside a portable phone? Impossible, or at least not good enough
to use! Just because we can't see how it can be done now, doesn't mean that
it's not possible, just that we don't know how - yet.

On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:08 PM, G Mann via Mercedes <>

> And..... The useful load for that Experimental category airplane is ????
> Zero passengers.. Zero cargo.. but.. It is able to travel at almost 80
> MPH... most days when the sun shines... for a while....
> Soon... your majesty.. very soon... I'll be able to turn lead into gold and
> you will be incredibly rich.. I do need just a little more equipment and
> funding....
> Reality surely sucks, doesn't it..
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <
>> wrote:
> > What about the pure solar plane flying around the globe - as we speak?
> >

OK Don

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2013 F150, 18 mpg
2012 Passat TDI DSG, 44 mpg
1957 C182A, 12 mpg - but at 150 mph!

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