Solar plane on global trip headed to Oklahoma next

AP News
Posted: May 11, 2016 4:26 PM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Arizona last week after a daylong flight from California is headed to Oklahoma next.

It will be the latest leg in the plane's around the world journey using only energy from the sun.

Officials with the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 announced Wednesday that the plane is scheduled to take off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport at 3 a.m. Thursday and is headed for Tulsa International Airport.

The aircraft took off from Mountain View in northern California in the early hours of May 2 and landed at the airport southwest of Phoenix 16 hours later.

It began its globe-circling journey last year and flew from Hawaii to Mountain View last month.

After Oklahoma, the plane is expected to make one more stop in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa.