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

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 AM

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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