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Solar Impulse Completes Third Leg to St. Louis

Solar Impulse Completes Third Leg to St. Louis

A solar-powered airplane made a smooth trip on Monday from Texas to a stormy part of America – St. Louis, where the Solar Impulse team put a portable, inflatable hangar to its first real-world test.

The third leg of Solar Impulse’s “Across America” odyssey may not have been a record-setting trip like last week’s flight from Phoenix to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. But St. Louis could rank as the plane’s most challenging layover to date.

Solar Impulse arrived just days after a powerful storm swept through Lambert St. Louis-International Airport, damaging buildings and strewing the runway with debris. That meant the plane’s intended hangar wouldn’t be available – but Solar Impulse’s team said the flight had to go forward anyway.

For the complete story by Alan Boyle of NBCNews.com, click here.

Photo by Solar Impulse via Reuters

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Updated: June 4, 2013 — 9:27 AM

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