In what is being heralded as aviation history the first solar powered plane took off from China today and has now been in flight for roughly 12hrs.

Current stream of flight

The plane by solarimpluse is purely powered by solar powered faces its toughest leg in its effort to fly around the world. The China to Hawaii leg is the seventh and longest one of the around-the-world trip, which began in March with a flight from the United Arab Emirates to Oman.

You can follow the pilots progress at @solarimpulse