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Solar plane prototype in first test flight

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A prototype solar powered plane has made its first successful test flight in Switzerland.

The Solar Impulse, with a wingspan similar to that of a super-jumbo jet but weighing the same as a saloon car, is the brainchild of of Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard.

Imogen Foulkes reports from Berne.

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