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Solar powered plane lands at DFW Airport

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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was the scene of a new frontier in aviation early Thursday morning.

The Swiss "Solar Impulse" plane finished the first half of its journey when it landed at 1 a.m. after departing Phoenix. The flight took around 18 hours.

The flight set a new distance record for a solar-powered plane.

The plane is completely powered by the sun with a battery strong enough to keep the plane in flight overnight.

The plane made such good time from Phoenix it had to circle the Dallas-area for more than an hour before landing.

"When we fly this plane it's gorgeous. It's completely silent. It's strange to fly, so for a pilot it's a challenge," said pilot Bertrand Piccard. "It flies slowly, so it has a beautiful view and the goal is not to go fast, the goal is to fly almost forever."

Public viewings of the plane are available on Friday and Saturday. More information can be found on the website documenting the plane's journey.

The plane's journey began in San Francisco and then went to Phoenix. After Dallas, the plane heads to St. Louis, followed by Washington D.C. and New York.

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