On July 15, 1933, Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas embarked on one of the most impressive adventures in the history of Lithuania – a flight across the Atlantic Ocean in a then still new means of transport – an airplane. The pilots overcame the Atlantic, but did not reach Kaunas – “Lituanica” fell in the forests of Soldin, and the forever heroes engraved in the consciousness of Lithuanians. Marking the historic occasion of the 90th anniversary of the flight, an interactive copy of “Lituanica” was created on the roof terrace of the Energy and Technology Museum.
“Why do we need parachutes? <…> If “Lituanica” was only the property of Darius and Girėnas, then in trouble we would grab parachutes and let the plane disappear. But “Lituanica” is the identity and hope of all Lithuanians; we have no right to abandon it; we are
determined to bring “Lituanica” safely to Kaunas or perish together.”