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MacCready Gossamer Albatross

MacCready Gossamer Albatross




The MacCready Gossamer Albatross was a human powered aircraft which consisted of a single person cabin which contained a pedal driven mechanism driving a propellor mounted at the rear.

The MacCready Gossamer Albatross was designed by Dr Paul MacCready, an American aeronautical engineer.

The most important aspect to the design of the aircraft was its lightweight construction. The MacCready Gossamer Albatross consisted of a foam and carbon fibre structure covered by a thin transparent film.

On June 12th 1979 the MacCready Gossamer Albatross, piloted by cyclist Bryan Allen, crossed the English Channel in 2 hours and 49 minutes. In so doing the aircraft also won the Kramer prize for human powered flight.





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