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. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. While viewing any image, clicking on the image will increase the image size. Clicking again will either increase the size again, or reduce it, if at the maximum size. Clicking the back arrow will show the original page.

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