NEW YORK (AP) - A solar-powered aircraft has completed a history-making cross-country flight, landing at New York's JFK airport.
The Solar Impulse flew out of Dulles International
Airport in Washington a little before 5 a.m. Saturday en route to New
York City and landed shortly after 11 p.m.
An unexpected tear was found on the left wing of
the revolutionary plane earlier Saturday, forcing the aircraft to land
three hours ahead of schedule. Officials said neither the pilot nor
aircraft appeared to be in danger.
The accelerated schedule forced flight officials to scrap a planned fly-by past the Statue of Liberty and head straight to JFK.
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.