Construction of the Solar Challenger began in AeroVironment's Simi
Valley, California facility in 1980. Steve Ptacek flew the
solar-powered aircraft from Corneille-en-Verin Airport, near Paris,
to Manston Royal Air Force Base, England, near Dover, a distance of
163 miles, on July 7, 1981. Flight duration was 5 hours, 23
minutes. If you need any of these images, either for publication or
in print form, please contact me using email from the Home page.
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