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Hawaii to be 1st US stop for solar round-the-world journey

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii will be the first destination in the United States for a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft attempting to fly around the world.

The historic journey is set to begin next week. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2 is aiming to become the first plane ever to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun to drive its four propellers.

Project founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg plan to start and finish their round-the-world bid from Abu Dhabi over the course of about five months.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the most challenging leg of the trip will be a five-day flight from China to Hawaii.

If all goes well, the solar plane should touch down on West Oahu's Kalaeloa Airport on April 20.

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