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Solar Impulse-2 takes off for Varanasi from Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Mar 18, 2015, (PTI) An Indian security man guards as Swiss-made Solar Impulse-2 prepares to take off from Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The solar powered aircraft is Wednesday headed to the northern Indian city of Varanasi on the third leg of its' historic round-the-world trip. AP Photo The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' today took off from here for the holy city of Varanasi as a part of its round-the-world trip. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the aircraft from here 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 today. "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 here on March 10, 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 here. The aircraft began its journey on March 9 from Abu Dhabi. Swiss pilot Piccard had flown the plane from Muscat to Ahmedabad, while Borschberg today 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.

Updated : 18 March 2015 10:53 AM GMT
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