SOLAR POWERED PLANE FLIGHT ON THIS DAY IN 1981

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Solar Challenger was a solar-powered electric aircraft designed by Paul
MacCready
‘s AeroVironment. It was powered entirely by the photovoltaic
cells
on its wing and stabilizer, without even reserve batteries, and was
the first such craft capable of long-distance flight. In 1981, it successfully
completed a 163 mile demonstration flight from France to England, staying
aloft 5 hours and 23 minutes, with pilot Stephen Ptacek behind the stick. 

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paul maccready
Aerospace genius Dr. Paul MacCready

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