Solar plane departs D/FW Airport for St. Louis

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WFAA & Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 9:13 AM

GRAPEVINE -- A solar-powered plane that spent more than a week in North Texas departed early Monday morning on the third leg of its cross-country trip.

The Solar Impulse took off from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss inventor born in France who co-founded the Impulse team, piloted the take-off.

Co-founder André Borschberg was piloting the solar plane when it made a record-breaking flight from Phoenix to D/FW. With a distance of about 830 miles, the flight set an absolute distance world record in solar aviation.

It's the first attempt by a solar plane capable of being airborne day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S.

The plane, which can climb 28,000 feet, spurred 911 calls from North Texans concerned it was an unidentified flying object when it landed at D/FW Airport at about 1:08 a.m. on May 24.

The plane left Northern California on May 3 and landed the following day in Phoenix. The Solar Impulse departed Phoenix on May 22 and landed a day later in Texas.

The plane flies about 40 mph. The Texas to St. Louis leg is about 560 miles.

The rest of the schedule includes Dulles International Airport near Washington and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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