PARIS: Rain puts dampener on Solar Impulse flying plans

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Solar Impulse's Sun-powered prototype is unlikely to take part in any flying displays before the end of the week, unless the weather takes a dramatic turn for the better.

The Solar Impulse team had been hoping to fly the HB-SIA prototype each morning during the show, but a rainy start to the week has put a dampener on those plans.

Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard said "we will have to see in the next few days" whether a flight is possible, adding that it is unlikely to happen on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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The round-the-world balloonist described piloting the aircraft as being "like flying a balloon, where you are pushed by the wind and have to fly with nature, not against it".