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An experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun stored in batteries took off from Arizona early on Thursday on the 11th leg of a historic bid by its pilots and developers to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel.

The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 departed Phoenix Goodyear Airport before dawn on an 18-hour flight scheduled to arrive at Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma, 1,000 miles (1,609 km) to the east, at 11 p.m. local time (0400GMT).

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