Solar-Powered Plane Sets a New Recording for Longest Flight Without Refueling
Pilot Andre Borschberg has been flying around the world on a solar-powered plane since March 9th. While the trip is notable for many reasons, the most recent milestone has to be its record-breaking leg which left from Nagoya, Japan last Monday and is heading to Kalaeloa, Hawaii. The plane passed Midway Island on a three-day, 3,420-mile journey that marked the around-the-world journey's 76th hour of flight time. The breaks the previous world record for the longest non-stop solo trip without refueling.
The previous record was for Pilot Steve Fosset's 26,000-mile voyage around the worl in a jet-powered GlobalFlyer. For daily updates on the flight, check out the Solar Impulse website, which includes an awesome livestream of the plane's various trips.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
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