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The Solar Impulse is doing the first circumnavigation by air in a solar only powered plane. And it broke the longest non stop flight records too!

 

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"KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

 

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006.

 

But Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse 2 without fuel. Instead, its wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that powered propellers and charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

 

The trans-Pacific leg was the riskiest of the plane's global travels as there was nowhere for it to land in an emergency."

 

The rest and more about this historic flight here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/solar-powered-plane-lands-in-hawaii-after-flight-from-japan/ar-AAcv6er?ocid=ansnewsap11

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