Solar Impulse 2 flies over the pyramids of Giza before completing the 16th leg, from Seville to Cairo, of its round-the-world trip. AFP
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The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo Wednesday for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world. After the two-day flight from Spain, just one final leg lies between it and its final destination, Abu Dhabi, where it started its odyssey in March last year.Solar Impulse is being flown on its 35,400-kilometer trip in stages, with Piccard and his Swiss compatriot Borschberg alternating at the controls of the single-seat plane.The 58-year-old had flown the plane across the Atlantic in a 6,765 kilometer journey.Borschberg had piloted the plane in its 8,924-kilometer flight from Japan to Hawaii in 118 hours, breaking the previous record for the longest uninterrupted journey in aviation history.Piccard said the plane could fly continuously.Piccard does not expect solar-powered commercial planes any time soon.
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