The Solar Impulse 2 airplane, piloted by Andre Borschberg, lands at Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, Hawaii, after flying non-stop from Nagoya, Japan, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly in Hawaii.The sun-powered plane, piloted by veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, spent five days to make the historic voyage, landing shortly after dawn at Kalaeloa Airport on the main Hawaiian island of Oahu.The aircraft over the course of the journey set records for longest solo flight and most time in a solar-powered flight.The whole trip from Japan to Hawaii took about four days and 22 hours, with the Swiss aviator taking catnaps of only 20 minutes at a time to maintain control of the pioneering plane.Borschberg easily beat the previous longest solo endurance flight by Steve Fossett, who flew for 76 hours and 45 minutes in 2006 .
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