World's first solar-powered plane to land in Varanasi

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| Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 15:48
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Ahmedabad: The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' on Wednesday took off from Ahmedabad for the holy city of Varanasi as a part of its round-the-world trip.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the aircraft from Ahmedabad at 7.18 am local time. The flight was delayed by about two hours from its scheduled departure, said a press release from the SI-2 team.

"Andre Borschberg and Si2 are airborne in India, flying from Ahmedabad to Varanasi, entirely Powered By The Sun," SI-2 team said in a tweet on Wednesday.
"The tent hosting Si2 in Ahmedabad is now empty and the solar airplane on its way to Varanasi," it further tweeted.

The globe-trotting SI-2 landed at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on 10 March, after a nearly 15-hour flight from Muscat.

Borschberg, the project's co-founder, and co-pilot and project President Bertrand Piccard spent over a week in the city during the plane's stopover in Ahmedabad.
The aircraft began its journey on 9 March from Abu Dhabi.

Swiss pilot Piccard had flown the plane from Muscat to Ahmedabad, while Borschberg on Wednesday flew the world's first solar-powered aircraft to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

From Varanasi, the SI-2 is scheduled to fly to Mandalay in Myanmar, Chongqing and Nanjing in China and thereafter to the US.

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