Fuel-free flight

A solar-powered plane due to land in California flies over the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Area as it continues its around-the-world journey.
Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco last Saturday, after a flight from Hawaii. The plane took off last Thursday and flew non-stop for three days, cov
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Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco last Saturday, after a flight from Hawaii. The plane took off last Thursday and flew non-stop for three days, covering about 3,760km, before it landed in California last Saturday. The arrival at Moffett Airfield, south-east of San Francisco, marked the completion of the ninth of 13 legs in a journey that began last year in the United Arab Emirates. The trailblazing trip aims to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Fuel-free flight'. Print Edition | Subscribe