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Solar-Powered Plane Lands At Dulles Airport

The Solar Impulse is on a cross-country trip, and will head off to New York in July.
The Solar Impulse is on a cross-country trip, and will head off to New York in July.

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly across the U.S. landed at Dulles International Airport on Sunday.

The Solar Impulse landed shortly after midnight on Sunday morning following a flight of 14 hours and four minutes from Cincinnati. Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls for the last time on the multi-leg journey, which started in San Francisco in early May. Co-pilot Andre Borschberg will fly the remaining D.C.-to-New York leg in early July.

The Solar Impulse can stay airborne day and night without fuel, using tens of thousands of photovoltaic cells on its wings to power the plane's batteries. It's the first attempt by a plane of this type to fly across the U.S.


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