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Solar Impulse claims 2 speed records in 1 flight


Solar Impulse has completed the fourth of 12 legs on its historic flight around the world using nothing but solar power. A carnival-like atmosphere with local dance performances greeted pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard as he approached the runway in Mandalay, Myanmar. Solar Impulse reached a peak altitude of 27,000 feet during the flight and a maximum speed of 216 km/hr — nearly 117 knots — thanks to the high altitude jet stream. more

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