Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Solar-powered plane makes history

★ Solar-powered plane makes history ★

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard has flown his way into the record books again after completing the world's first intercontinental flight in a giant solar-powered plane. 'Solar Impulse' is as big as an Airbus A340 but as light as an average family car.

The aircraft made history in July 2010 as the first manned plane to fly around the clock on the sun's energy. It also holds the record for the longest flight by a manned solar-powered airplane after staying aloft for over 26 hours above Switzerland, also setting a record for altitude by flying at 9,235 metres (30,298 feet).

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