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Topic - Andre Borschberg
Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines.
An experimental solar plane hoping to one day fly around the world tried again Thursday to fly over Morocco's Atlas Mountains after being thwarted a week ago by high winds.
An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week.
The plane making one of the biggest splashes at the Paris Air Show carries a grand total of one person and is often delayed because there's too much wind or too little sun.
After 24 hours of flight, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg landed the Solar Impulse, a plane powered solely by energy from the Sun.
Its average speed for the first leg of the trip was about 60 knots with a tail wind, Mr. Borschberg said.
creators, Mr. Piccard and fellow pilot Andre Borschberg, said the trip is the first attempt by a