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Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

A solar-powered plane has become the first to complete a 24-hour flight, using batteries charged during the day to keep it aloft overnight.
Pilot Andre Borschberg had flown over the Jura mountains west of the Swiss Alps since daybreak yesteray Photo: EPA

The Solar Impulse aircraft touched down on runway at Payerne airfield, Switzerland at exactly 8:00am.

Helpers rushed to stabilize the pioneering plane as it touched down, ensuring that its massive 207-foot (63-meter) wingspan didn’t touch the ground and topple the craft….


A solar-powered plane has become the first to complete a 24-hour flight, using batteries charged during the day to keep it aloft overnight.

Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

The Solar Impulse at sunrise Photo: AP
Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

Solar Impulse Photo: REUTERS
Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight

Pilot Andre Borschberg had flown over the Jura mountains west of the Swiss Alps since daybreak yesteray Photo: EPA

The Solar Impulse aircraft touched down on runway at Payerne airfield, Switzerland at exactly 8:00am.

Helpers rushed to stabilize the pioneering plane as it touched down, ensuring that its massive 207-foot (63-meter) wingspan didn’t touch the ground and topple the craft…. Leer más “Solar Impulse completes record-breaking flight”