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Solar Impulse 2 Leaves Oklahoma for Ohio

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | May 21, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 Leaves Oklahoma for Ohio

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The solar-powered airplane that has been working its way around the world is now headed to Ohio, The Associated Press reported. 

The Solar Impulse 2 left Tulsa International Airport before 5 a.m. Saturday and is expected to be in the air for about 18 hours before it arrives at Dayton International Airport in Ohio, AP said.

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The purpose of the first solar voyage around the globe is to promote the use of renewable energy, according to the project’s website. Project officials said the two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, have been using their layovers as an opportunity to teach people around the world about the project.

The Swiss-made aircraft started its journey in March 2015, leaving Abu Dhabi and visiting Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan, AP reported.

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The Solar Impulse 2 will soon be on its way to either Europe or Northern Africa, according to AP.

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