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Apr 19, 2013 4:07 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sun-powered plane to make Bay Area test flight

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to take an early morning test flight over the San Francisco Bay area.

Considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane, the Solar Impulse is set to take off from Moffett Field in Mountain View at first light for a two-hour practice run leading up to the start of a multi-city, cross-country tour..

A test pilot will be behind the controls. The panes Swiss creators, André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, will be the ones making the trip across the United States, with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington and New York. Each leg of the flight will take 20 to 25 hours, with 10-day stops planned in each city.

Between Dallas and D.C., the plane will also stop at one of three other cities: Atlanta, Nashville or St. Louis.

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