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Ground crew prepares the Solar Impulse plane early in the morning Friday before taking off on a multi-city trip across the United States from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced solar-powered plane, will stop for seven to 10 days at major airports. It plans to reach New York's Kennedy Airport in early July — without using a drop of fuel, its creators said. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Solar plane leaves California on cross-country trip

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a “milestone” in aviation history.

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