Museum of Flight Celebrates the 30th Anniversary
of the Flight of the Gossamer Albatross
flight and bicycling featured in special programs June 6 - 14
centuries, beginning with the Greek legends, Daedalus and Icarus, and then the
designs of Leonardo da Vinci and his "ornithopter," humans have dreamed of
flying on their own power. But it wasn't until June 12, 1979, that cyclist Bryan Allen made
the first flight of a human-powered aircraft across the English
Channel, pedaling the Gossamer
Albatross, built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready.
That year, they won the Kremer prize. The 22-mile flight lasted nearly three
Museum of Flight will celebrate the aeronautical
design genius of Dr. MacCready and Bryan Allen's pedal power with special
events and documentary films about these incredible feats of flight June 6 -
will be the Museum's own Gossamer Albatross II, the Gossamer Albatross' sister
ship. The Gossamer Albatross II was
built as a backup to the record-breaking Albatross aircraft. Except for some
minor design changes, this craft is identical to the Albatross that flew across
the English Channel. The Albatross II later
took part in NASA-funded low speed stability tests and was the first
human-powered aircraft to make a controlled flight inside an enclosed structure-the
Houston Astrodome. Gossamer Albatross I, hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
in Washington, D.C.
Tip-to-Tail Tour: The MacCready
Gossamer Albatross II
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 11 - Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
about the fascinating Gossamer Albatross, its designer, and human-powered
flight during a series of "tip-to-tail" tours by the Museum's nationally
acclaimed docent corps.
Film: "The Flight of the Gossamer
Condor" (27 minutes)
Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m.
Additional 11 a.m. screenings
June 6, 7, 13, and 14
Gossamer Condor is a Mylar-winged aircraft that won the $95,000 Kremer prize
for the first successful human-powered flight in 1978. The aircraft was designed
by Paul B. MacCready Jr, an American aeronautical engineer who founded
AeroVironment. It currently hangs in the
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Hear the inspiring story of this
aircraft during this 27-minute film.
Film: "Search for Adventure-Gossamer
Albatross" (53 minutes)
Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, June 14 2:30 p.m.
Additional 11:30 a.m.
screenings June 6, 7, 13 and 14
for Adventure-Gossamer Albatross" is a 1991 Emmy award winning film, narrated
by Hal Holbrook. Follow the story of the Gossamer
Albatross, from Dr. Paul MacCready's design team to pilot Bryan Allen's
historic flight on June 12,
1979 in this 53 minute film.
Helmet Fitting by the Cascade Bicycle
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cascade Bicycle Club will be in the Museum lobby for complimentary helmet
"A Twist of the Wrist:" A Dramatic
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Sunday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 10 and
Friday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
in the Red Barn®
you know before the Wright brothers built airplanes they built bicycles? Learn
this fascinating story during the Museum's "Amazing Skies Theater" 20 minute live
theater program called "A Twist of the Wrist." Meet Charlie Taylor, the Wright
brothers mechanic, as he tells the story of the invention of the airplane and
how Wilbur Wright discovered the concept of wing warping.
Museum of Flight Membership Sale
From Saturday, June 6
- Sunday, June 14, the Museum is offering 20% off Museum memberships to
visitors presenting a bicycle helmet or bicycle club membership card.
See our calendar for other upcoming events!