Solar Plane Completes Epic Round-the-World Trip

Solar Impulse finished a 26,700-mile journey, flying a total of 23 days without a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse 2 on Tuesday completed its historic round-the-world journey, becoming the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun to promote renewable energy.

Cheers and applause broke out as the plane touched down before dawn in Abu Dhabi after the final leg of its marathon trip which began on March 9 last year.

Swiss explorer and project director Bertrand Piccard was in the cockpit during the more than 48-hour flight from Cairo, crossing the Red Sea, the vast Saudi desert and flying over the Gulf.

It capped a remarkable 43,000-kilometer (26,700-mile) journey across four continents, two oceans and three seas, accomplished in …Read More

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