Solar plane completes first test flight for world round-trip

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BASEL – A sun-powered airplane, Solar Impulse 2, on Monday completed its maiden flight in Switzerland for world round-trip.

The initiator and one of the co-pilots, Bertrand Piccard, said the flight came one year before its planned trip around the world.

Borschberg, another pilot, said they were planning with other pilots to make a global trip starting in March 2015 `in numerous legs.’

He said the four-propeller airplane had a wingspan of 72 metres, which makes it wider than a jumbo jet and it weighed 2.3 tones.

Borschberg said he and the other Swiss initiator Piccard planned the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the earth, after having crossed America with the airplane’s previous model last year. (dpa/