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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Solar Impulse 2 due to take off for Pennsylvania on Tuesday

The latest leg of the round-the-world attempt will see the experimental aircraft set off from Dayton, Ohio at about 2pm UAE time.

ABU DHABI // Solar Impulse 2 is expected to take to the air again on Tuesday headed for Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

The latest leg of the round-the-world attempt will see the experimental aircraft set off from Dayton, Ohio at about 2pm UAE time.

Pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard have been alternating pilot duties on the mission, with Piccard due to take the controls on the upcoming leg.

“I will be flying #Si2 tomorrow to Lehigh Valley, #Pennsylvania with the #WrightBrothers in my thoughts,” tweeted Piccard.

Dayton was the home of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, who, in 1903, invented the first powered aircraft.

After landing in Pennsylvania, Solar Impulse 2 will then fly to its final US stop in New York, before attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The Masdar-sponsored project, which began in Abu Dhabi in March 2015 and is expected to end there, aims to be the first to fly around the world using only the power of the sun.

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