Solar-powered plane arrives in Egypt on globe-circling trip

2016-07-13 13:53
Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer André Borschberg, is seen during the flyover of the pyramids of Giza  prior to landing in Cairo. (AFP)

Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer André Borschberg, is seen during the flyover of the pyramids of Giza prior to landing in Cairo. (AFP)

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Cairo - An experimental solar-powered plane has arrived in Egypt as part of its globe-circling voyage.

The aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, flew out of the Seville Airport in Spain on Monday and landed in Cairo on Wednesday. This leg of the trip had been expected to last about 50 hours and 30 minutes.

The flight, piloted by Swiss man Andre Borschberg, arrived in Seville on June 23 after an unprecedented three-day flight across the Atlantic.

The around-the-world voyage began in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and is due to finish there, too.

The wings of Solar Impulse 2, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17 000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.

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