Friday, September 04, 2009

Gossamer Albatross

Preparing for the first flight, July 16, 1978

Assessing damage, March 12, 1979

Shafter, California. March 13, 1979

Over the English Channel, June 12, 1979.

photos coutesy of Donald Monroe

From Wikipedia: The Gossamer Albatross was a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready's AeroVironment. On June 12, 1979 it completed a successful crossing of the English Channel to win the second Kremer prize.

Very interesting Paul MacCready interview here.

Gossamer Odyssey: The Triumph of Human-Powered Flight by Morton Grosser gives a detailed account of the project.

1 comment:

Thomas Armstrong said...

I remember this! Glorious. Thanks for the reminder.