Solar Plane: Making clean tech sexy, adventurous

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Washington A solar powered plane that looks more toy than jet is about to end its slow journey across America with a commuter-hop from Washington to New York.

The spindly no-fuel plane called Solar Impulse is scheduled to leave Washington early Saturday and arrive after midnight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. It may silently buzz the Statue of Liberty on the way. The plane started its cross-country journey May 3 from San Francisco.

The plane's two pilots view themselves as green pioneers. They are promoting lighter materials, solar-powered batteries, and conservation as sexy and adventurous. Theirs is the high-flying equivalent of the Tesla electric sports car. They want people to feel a thrill while saving the planet. Solar Impulse did a test flight in Europe last year.

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