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.

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

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

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

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