ON A WING AND A SOLAR FLARE
Solo flight around the world but with one vital thing missing ... fuel
BEIJING: A Swiss pilot of a solar plane yesterday embarked on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
Andre Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, at 2.39am in the Solar Im- pulse 2, for a flight across the Pacific Ocean expected to last six days and five nights, or at least 130 hours.
The journey started in March in Abu Dhabi, and the solar plane has since stopped in Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The 8175km flight from Nanjing to Hawaii is the seventh of 12 flights and the longest and most dangerous.
Borschberg and another Swiss pilot, Bertrand Pic-