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Italian stunt pilot sets multiple World records flying through a tunnel

 Italian stunt pilot Dario Costa set Five Guinness World Records by flying an aeroplane through two Çatalca Tunnels in Istanbul, Turkey. The 41-year old pilot achieved this feat on board a custom-modified Zivko Edge 540 race plane through a twin tunnel along the Northern Marmara Highway in Istanbul. Mr Costa set the world record for the longest aeroplane flight taken through a tunnel. He covered a distance of 1,730m through the twin tunnel. Although, only one record was officially recognized with a Guinness World Record certificate. However, in total, Costa set the following five records with his feat: *Longest tunnel flight with an aeroplane *First aeroplane flight through a tunnel *Longest flight under a solid obstacle *First aeroplane flight through two tunnels and *First aeroplane takeoff from a tunnel. Mr Costa and his mentor, Hungarian pilot Péter Besenyei, worked together with 40 Red Bull team members. The flight took off at 6:43 a.m. on September 4th.
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Rolls-Royce to develop aviation energy storage technology

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