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When was the first human powered flight?

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August 23, 1977 marks the first recorded human-powered aircraft flight. It was conducted in Shafter, California.


This was the first flight capable of controlled and sustained flight powered by a human. Bryan Allen completed a figure-eight course around two pylons a half mile apart, starting and ending the course at least 10 feet above the ground. He was aboard the MacCready Gossamer Condor.


The flight lasted six minutes 22 seconds. Allen piloted the airplane to speeds around 11 miles per hour and produced less than 0.5 horsepower. Even with the pilot on board, the plane weighed just over 200 pounds (207 pounds).




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