31 May '15, 9am

Solar Impulse takes off for six-day, six-night Pacific flight: Nanjing, China (AFP) May 31, 2015 The revolut...

The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Sunday for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. Pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, left the ground in Nanjing, in eastern China, heading for the US island of Hawaii, at about 2:40 am (1840 GMT), after extended delays awaiting a suitable weather window over safety concerns. Lit by white lights on its wings, the plane rolled down the runway before climbing into a misty sky with its four whirling propellers nearly silent. Ground crew members cheered as it took off. The 8,500 kilometre (5,270 mile) flight could set a record for duration by a single pilot, organisers said. "I cross my fingers and I hope to cross the Pacific," Borschberg told reporters just hours before the take-off. "We have a good weather window, which means...

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