Solar plane begins 1st transcontinental flight

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The experimental aircraft "Solar Impulse", HB-SIA, with Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg takes off for its first intercontinental flight to Morocco at the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, the zero fuel airplane, makes its first intercontinental trip with the final destination Rabat in Morocco. The prototype will land in Madrid, Spain for a technical layover, as well as to change pilots. The Solar Impulse project aims to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft, with a 63.40 meters wingspan, powered only by solar energy. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)