Smithsonian to Display Solar-Powered Plane

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Solar Impulse Chairman and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) speak with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (C) following a news conference at the Udvar-Hazy Center June 17, 2013 in Chantilly, Virginia. The event featuring the plane billed as "the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane," followed the aircraft's arrival at Washington Dulles Airport. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Solar Impulse Chairman and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) speak with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (C) following a news conference at the Udvar-Hazy Center June 17, 2013 in Chantilly, Virginia. The event featuring the plane billed as “the world’s most advanced solar-powered airplane,” followed the aircraft’s arrival at Washington Dulles Airport. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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CHANTILLY, Va. — A solar-powered plane that has been crossing the continent will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum facility in northern Virginia.

The museum will display the Solar Impulse aircraft on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. The flight team will be on hand to teach visitors about the aircraft and its technology.

The flight across the U.S. is the first bid by a solar plane that’s capable of flying day and night without fuel. It reaches speeds of about 40 mph. The journey began May 3 in San Francisco. Soon the plane will fly on to New York.

The Smithsonian says this will likely be the last chance to see the aircraft during its stop in the Washington area.

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