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Solar Plane Makes Historic flight to Hawaii – Nigeria News

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The Solar Plane is a solar powered plane, powered only by the sun; has finally landed in Hawaii making an historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific Ocean stated from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg brought the vehicle gently down on to the runway of Kalaeloa Airport at 05:55 local time (15:55 GMT; 16:55 BST).

The distance covered by the Solar Plane and the time spent in the air – 118 hours – are records for manned, solar-powered flight.

The duration is also an absolute record for a solo, un-refuelled journey.

Mr. Borschberg’s time betters that of the American adventurer Steve Fossett who spent 76 hours aloft in a single-seater jet in 2006.

Despite being in the cockpit for so long, the Swiss pilot told the News agents that he did not feel that tired: “Interestingly, not really.

“I am also astonished. We got so much support during the flight from so many people; it gave me so much energy.”

He said he looked forward to having a shower and visiting one of the many steakhouses suggested to him on the way into Hawaii’s O’ahu island.

“We have some work to do, and to meet people, because I am sure a lot of people will want to see the aero plane and discuss its technologies. But there is no way we shouldn’t try some surfing,” he joked.

Meeting Mr. Borschberg in Kalaeloa was his partner on the Solar Impulse Plane project, Bertrand Piccard.

The pair are sharing flying duties in their quest to circumnavigate the globe – an effort they began in Abu Dhabi, UAE, back in March.

It is Mr. Piccard who will now fly the next leg from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona.

That will not be quite as far as the leg just completed, but it will still likely take four days and nights.

From Phoenix, the Solar Plane, first will head for New York and thereafter an Atlantic Ocean crossing that would eventually see the plane returning to Abu Dhabi will be the next stage. But, first, Nigeria News men gathered that the Solar Plane ground crew in Kalaeloa will need a few days to check over the aircraft.

Mr. Piccard told reporters at Kalaeloa: “Andre’s flight was longer than all the other single-seater flights that had fuel. That’s an incredible message.

“Now you can fly longer with no fuel than you can with fuel. So, what Andre has done is not only a historic first for aviation, it’s a historic first for renewable energies. And this is why we are doing this project.”

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