Solar Powered Plane on Final Leg of Flight to New York City

The Solar Impulse flew out of Dulles International Airport a little before 5 a.m. Saturday en route to New York City

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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Solar Powered Plane on Final Leg of Flight to NYC

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The plane's creators, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America.

A solar-powered aircraft has lifted off from a suburban Washington airport, embarking on the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight.
 
The Solar Impulse flew out of Dulles International Airport a little before 5 a.m. Saturday en route to New York City. The flight plan for the revolutionary plane takes it past the Statue of Liberty before landing at New York's JFK Airport early Sunday.

  The aircraft, powered by some 11,000 solar cells, soars to 30,000 feet while poking along at a top speed of 45 mph. The Solar Impulse left San Francisco in early May and has made stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dulles.
 
The cross-country flight is a tune-up for a planned 2015 flight around the globe with an upgraded version of the plane.

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