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Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight record across Pacific to Hawaii

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:20

One of two Solar Impulse pilots lands the aircraft in Hawaii, shattering the solo-flight record threshold of 76 hours while crossing the Pacific. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy, landed in Hawaii early on Friday (July 3), shattering the solo-flight record threshold of 76 hours while crossing the Pacific. The aircraft, which had taken off from Japan on Monday (June 29), was piloted alternatively by Swiss explorers Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, who set off on their 22,000-mile (35,000-km) journey around the world from Abu Dhabi on March 9. Overall, its trip around the globe was expected to take some 25 flight days, broken up into 12 legs at speeds between 30 to 60 miles per hour (50 and 100 kph). The plane weighs about as much as a family sedan and has 17,000 solar cells across its wingspan. The next leg of the flight will be from Honolulu to Phoenix, Arizona, and then Borschberg and Piccard will fly together across the Atlantic on a return path to Abu Dhabi.

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Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight record across Pacific to Hawaii

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:20