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A Dramatic Finish For Solar Impulse, The Solar-Powered Plane The Flew Across The U.S.


Since May, the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse has been on a cross-country trip across the U.S., soaring from San Francisco to the Southwest, through St. Louis, D.C., and now, finally, to New York. But its last leg was more harrowing than celebratory.

The Swiss-made craft took off on an early morning flight out of Washington en route to New York on Saturday, in what was supposed to be something of a victory lap, according to the team. But by Saturday afternoon, the pilots reported balance problems with the wings, and an 8-foot hole was discovered in fabric covering Solar Impulse.

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