A solar-powered airplane passed right over the Ohio Valley on Wednesday and as it did, the pilot started playing West Virginia Mountaineer theme song “Country Roads.”
The Solar Impulse 2 took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world.
The aircraft’s most recent journey came last weekend, when it traveled from Tulsa International Airport to Dayton. The plane’s departure from Dayton was delayed from Monday as project officials checked for possible damage after fans that keep the mobile hangar inflated had a power failure.
The plane was expected to make at least one more stop in the United States – in New York – before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa.
The Swiss pilots went on to comment that on their last trip across the United States, they flew over southern West Virginia, where they saw lots of coal mines.