Solar powered flight smashes long distance records

July 06, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
Solar Impulse-2 (Si2), the solar-powered aeroplane has landed in Hawaii after making a record-breaking 8,000 km flight across the Pacific from Japan.  The distance covered 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.

The aircraft's attempt to be the first plane to fly around the world without a drop of fuel originally took off in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

On the plane's 40,000-kilometer route, the pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are sharing piloting duties as the aircraft stops in cities including Muscat, Oman; Varanasi and Ahmedabad in India; Chongqing and Nanjing in China; and Phoenix, Arizona in the USA.

Andre Borschberg was met in Hawaii by his co-pilot and project partner, Bertrand Piccard who will fly the next four day leg of the flight from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, USA.