Swiss solar-powered plane makes aviation history

July 8, 2010 11:07 pm 

PAYERNE, Switzerland, July 8 — A Swiss solar-powered plane has made aviation history by flying non-stop for nearly 26 hours, including through the night.

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which took off at dawn Wednesday, landed at Payerne airfield north of Lausanne at around 9 am (0700 GMT) Thursday after a successful 25-hour fuel-less flight over the Jura mountains and Lake Neuchatel, west of the Swiss Alps, the official news website reported.

This is the first ever manned solar-powered aircraft in aviation history to fly through the night with no fuel. (PNA/Xinhua)



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