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History making solar powered flight on way to St. Louis

A history-making flight is winging its way to St. Louis.

A solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse took off this morning from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for Lambert. The plane flies about 40 mph and the third leg is roughly 560 miles.

Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse CEO Bertrand Piccard tells McGraw in the Morning, just like Charles Lindbergh's first flight across the Atlantic, weight is an issue. 

Piccard says, "If we have the weight of a normal airplane the solar energy would never be enough to fly day and night. So we had to make the lightest possible airplane and this was the big challenge to have the weight of a small car or size of a jumbo jet, nobody thought it was possible."

An inflatable hangar has been set up at Lambert-St. Louis Airport  to accommodate the solar-powered plane which is set to land at Lambert around 1:00 a.m.Tuesday. You can follow the solar flight at http://live.solarimpulse.com.

 

 

 
Last modified on Monday, 03 June 2013 11:31

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