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Friday, 13 May 2016

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

LOS ANGELES: The Solar Impulse 2 plane touched down in Tulsa, in the south-central US state of Oklahoma late Thursday, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel. The experimental solar-powered aircraft, aimed at promoting clean energy technologies, landed at 11:17 pm local time (0417 GMT) at Tulsa International Airport after taking off at 3:00 am (1000 GMT) from Phoenix, Arizona, live feed showed. Piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, the flight lasted just over 18 hours 15 minutes. "The flight was very interesting," Piccard said from the cockpit in comments broadcast live just after the landing. "Especially the first part above Arizona and New Mexico, the landscapes were fantastic."

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