Drone Over LBI? That Was No Drone, That Was The Solar Impulse Waiting For An Emergency Landing

Solar Impulse limping into the final leg of its long journey
Solar Impulse limping into the final leg of its long journey

It’s always fun to see what people were Googling for when they find Readings From The Northside. Tonight’s hot topic is the alleged drone flying over LBI.

But thanks to Reader “MoAndMark” who correctly identified it as a solar powered plane, we now know the truth, and it’s way cooler than the fiction. I immediately fired up the Google and sure enough, the strange tail markings match.

This was the Solar Impulse, on the very last leg of it’s historic journey. It was not supposed to land until Sunday, at 2 AM, but they discovered a tear in its wing and decided to land her tonight at JFK. But she had to wait for traffic to die down “somewhere over the Atlantic off New Jersey” according to news reports. Gad-zooks! They mean LBI.

Strange tail markings are a perfect match for Solar Impulse
Strange tail markings are a perfect match for Solar Impulse

So that was no drone flying over Long Beach Island this afternoon. That was a Solar Powered plane. It is hard to believe there was a person in that thing. Here’s hoping for a safe landing, and hoping the pilot relaxed while hovering over our little paradise.

Sure looks like a toy. But that’s a $115 million dollar craft.