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1980 Aerovironment Inc SOLAR CHALLENGER C/N 001

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Manufacturer:Aerovironment Inc
Model:SOLAR CHALLENGER    Search all Aerovironment Inc SOLAR CHALLENGER
Year built:1980
Construction Number (C/N):001
Aircraft Type:Fixed wing single engine
Number of Seats:1
Number of Engines:1
Engine Type:Unknown
Engine Manufacturer and Model:Ama/expr UNKNOWN ENG


Registration Number:N181SC
Mode S (ICAO24) Code:A145F6
Certification Class:Experimental
Certification Issued:1981-12-04
Air Worthiness Test:1981-05-19
Last Action Taken:2003-12-02
Current Status:Undel Tri


Registration Type:Corporation
Owner:E I Du Pont Nemours & Co Inc
Address:Wilmington, DE 19850
United States

User Comments

Stephen Ptacek, 2011-02-10 21:09:34
 This was an honest solar powered airplane. While it first flew under battery power during test flights. The English Channel flight was completed using solar power alone, sunlight to the solar cells and direct electrical current to the motors. If you turned away from the sun, the motors quit. The only batteries on the airplane were used to power the radio, transponder, and electric turn coordinator which I used for cloud flying.