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Solar-powered plane aims to make history with round-the-world flight

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The Solar Impulse 2 at Abu Dhabi's Al-Bateen airport. The plane will take off from the Gulf to benefit from the region's relatively cloudless skies, stopping first in Muscat, Oman.

Abu Dhabi

A SOLAR-POWERED plane aims to fly into history on Monday, taking off from Abu Dhabi on a round-the-world odyssey to promote alternative energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2, whose hoped-for Saturday takeoff had to be put off due to strong winds, will cap 13 years of research