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Solar-Powered Plane Departing From Moffett Field, Lands In Arizona

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Experimental Solar Powered Plane Takes Test Flight

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS/AP) — A solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning after a flight from Moffett Field in Mountain View.

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 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.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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