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Solar Impulse

The organizers of the Solar Impulse project say there will be one final opportunity for North Texans to see the plane which is flying coast-to-coast to raise awareness about the capabilities of renewable energy.

The plane will be on display from 1 pm to 5 pm Wednesday, May 29, at DFW International Airport.  Those wanting to see the plane before it takes off for St. Louis can sign up at the Solar Impulse website.

Update:  The Solar Impulse project says all of its scheduled open houses for Saturday at DFW are full.  If they add other open houses the information will appear on their website

Solar Impulse touched down at DFW International early this morning at 1:08 a.m.  

The Phoenix-Dallas flight of more than 800 miles is the longest yet for the aircraft which is on a coast-to-coast trip to raise awareness about the capabilities of renewable energy.

A DFW International Airport spokesman says North Texans may think the strange lights they see shortly after midnight tonight are a UFO, but what they’re probably observing are the unusual lights along the wings of a solar powered plane landing at DFW.

Solar Impulse is the first airplane that can fly day or night without refueling.

Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre' Borschberg are the developers and pilots of this first solar airplane powered by 12,000 solar cells.