May 4, 2013 11:01 AM by Associated Press

Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

PHOENIX (AP) - 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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