Solar plane smashes world record

(SOLAR IMPULSE) – The Solar Impulse 2 team say the latest leg of the plane’s round-the-globe journey has shattered a world record in its own right.

They say the solar-powered plane’s trip across the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii is the longest ever non-stop solo flight.

It hit the 76-hour threshold during the ocean crossing and was due to land in Hawaii on Friday.

The solo record was previously set in 2006 by American adventurer Steve Fossett.

The Solar Impulse stayed airborne for three consecutive days and nights to achieve the feat.

It’s the first aircraft to fly by day and night without fuel using only energy from the sun.

The next leg of the 35, 000 kilometre journey will be from Honolulu to Phoenix, then across the Atlantic to Abu Dhabi.