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Solar Impulse ready for Pacific crossing

from AVweb

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its crew are ready to fly from China to Hawaii, and waiting for the right weather window, which the crew now says won't happen before Sunday. The 5,000-mile leg, which will be the longest nonstop flight on the solar-powered electric airplane's round-the-world trip, is expected to take about five days. SI2 landed in Nanjing on April 21, and since then the crew has been waiting and preparing for the right time to launch. Andre Borschberg, who has been alternating the flight duties in the single-seat cockpit with Bertrand Piccard, will be the pilot. more

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