Solar-powered airplane lands in the Lehigh Valley

Written by The Associated Press | May 26, 2016 4:11 AM



In this photo provided by Solar Impulse, "Solar Impulse 2," lands at at Tulsa International Airport, May 12, 2016 in Tulsa, Oka.(Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse via AP)

(Dayton, Ohio) -- A solar-powered airplane has landed in the Lehigh Valley, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. 

The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4:00 a.m. yesterday.

Its departure from Dayton was delayed from Monday as project officials checked for possible damage after fans that keep the mobile hangar inflated had a power failure.

The globe-circling voyage began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.

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