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Solar Impulse 2 breaks longest solo flight world record

André Borschberg, the pilot at the controls of the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, has broken the world record for the longest solo flight. Borschberg has now been aloft in the solar-powered plane for more than 80 hours without refuelling or touching down, breaking the 76-hour record set by Steve Fossett in 2006 on board the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. The solar-powered plane took off from Nagoya in Japan, heading for Hawaii, on the eighth stage of its 13-stage round-the-world trip earlier this week. After Hawaii, Borschberg and his co-pilot Piccard will fly the solar-powered craft on to Phoenix, Arizona. From there, the pilots will tag-team their way across the United States, cross the Atlantic into Europe, before finally touching down in Abu Dhabi, where their journey began.

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