Solar-powered Plane Soldiers on; 4 Legs Left

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May 22, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 has completed the 12th leg of its intended round-the-world-without-refueling journey. The solar-powered airplane arrived in Dayton, Ohio.

After a safe journey across the Pacific, a few repairs, and a brief one-day flight to Phoenix and a slightly longer one-day to Tulsa, Okla., Solar Impulse 2 arrived in Dayton with Andre Boschberg at the controls. He and partner Bertrand Piccard have been sharing the pilot duties.

The team began their journey in the United Arab Emirates in March 2015. The goal is to return to the UAE and complete the 16-leg circumnavigation.

The plane gets it power from the Sun, and from a system of 17,000 photovoltaic cells and rechargeable batteries.

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