Solar Plane Lands In Arizona, 1st Leg Of Major Trip

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

A solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning after flight from California.

The Solar Impulse set down about 12:30 a.m. at Sky Harbor Airport after flying several hours after sundown to complete the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history.

The Solar Impulse -- considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane -- left Moffett Field in Mountain View near San Francisco just after dawn Friday.

Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America.


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