Solar plane flies over Egypt pyramids on globe-circling trip

Solar plane lands in Egypt completing latest round-the-world leg

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Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, flew over the Pyramids to make a smooth landing at Cairo airport at about 7:10 A.M., ending a flight leg that lasted 48 hours and 50 minutes.

Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, flies above Giza Pyramids as it finishes its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt on Wednesday. Piccard is set to pilot the last leg of the round-the-world journey to Abu Dhabi, where the trip started.

Solar Impulse 2, which is powered by 17,000 solar cells, has a 232-foot wingspan, which is longer than a Boeing 747, and weighs about as much as an automobile.

The flight from Seville to Cairo is the 16 leg of the global journey, which began when the plane took off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015. It took another month before weather conditions allowed the plane to leave Nagoya in central Japan for Hawaii.

It flew across the Atlantic from New York City to Spain in late June. "This is what we can do with these new technologies".

Solar plane lands in Egypt completing latest round-the-world leg
Solar Impulse The plane is powered completely by the sun's energy

The 4,000-kilometre journey, which took the aircraft over the Mediterranean, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Italy, Greece without using a drop of fuel, ended at 07.10 CET.

Cairo is the iconic aircraft's sixteenth and final stop before reaching Abu Dhabi, the city where Si2 began its record-breaking journey in March a year ago.

En route to Egypt, Solar Impulse soared over Masdar's GemaSolar.

For the longest uninterrupted flight, the solar airplane holds the absolute record among all kinds of airplanes. "You face moments where decisions are made based on sound analysis, but also, a bit of intuition", said Borschberg.

"Then, if we were to land afterwards, the temperatures on the ground would be too high, and it would be a problem for the structure [as we move Solar Impulse to the hanger]. André and his team of engineers helped to translate my vision into reality, and I congratulate them for having built such a revolutionary airplane", shared Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and also Pilot of Si2.

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