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

Saturday - 5/4/2013, 3:44am  ET

The Solar Impulse plane takes off on a multi-city trip across the United States from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, May 3, 2013. Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced solar-powered plane, will stop for seven to 10 days at major airports in each city, so the pilots can display and discuss the aircraft with reporters, students, engineers and aviation fans. It plans to reach New York's Kennedy Airport in early July — without using a drop of fuel, its creators said. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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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