Arizona

Former Teacher flies first long-distance flight

First long-distance solar-powered flight. Janice Brown, a 98-pound former teacher, flew a tiny experimental solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, 6 mi in 22 min. near Marana, Ariz. (Dec. 3, 1980). The craft was powered by a 2.75-horsepower engine.

Solar Challenger

Solar Challenger piloted by former
teacher, Janice Brown


Grand Canyon Rescue
Grand Canyon rescue


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Search and Rescue in Grand Canyon

The first use of an airplane in search and rescue Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona took place in 1923.