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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Aviation Record Breaker



You would think that there'd be few aviation records left to break--we've come so far since the day the Wright Brothers took a 12-second flight on December 17, 1903. Not so.

Recently, an unmanned craft flew for 336 hours (14 days) without stopping, powered only by the sun! There's a report here. And here's the truly amazing part--zero emissions! I'm glad to see solar-powered vehicles are possible, and I hope it won't be long before the technology can be used to ferry people around.

For information on aviation history, check out our shelves in the 629.13 section. We also have an informative film, Magic of Flight, which although originally released back in 1996, still has some outstanding aerial shots.

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