Solar Impulse unveils Fuel-Free Plane for round-the-world flight

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The Swiss team that flew a solar-powered airplane across America has unveiled the even bigger plane that they plan to take around the world a year from now. Bertrand Piccard, the president and co-pilot of the Solar Impulse venture, said “It’s the most incredible airplane of its time,” to VIPs who gathered at Switzerland’s Payerne Air Field on Wednesday for the first public look at the 236-foot-wide (72-meter-wide) aircraft. The Solar Impulse 2 craft is festooned with solar cells that power the electric motors without a drop of fuel. But this time around, the plane’s wingspan is more than 25 feet wider and capable of going up to 87 mph.

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