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Is it windy out your way? National Ride The Wind Day.

donmdonm Posts: 10,241 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

Today commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize. It was on August 23rd of 1977 that the Gossamer Condor 2, flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society, at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.

The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.

The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Not sure if I have enough power left in me to get me airborne but some of you may want to try it. You can evidently get a kit to build such an aircraft, if you get the urge to fly under your own power.

If getting a kit and building an aircraft sounds like a bit too much you can always celebrate this day with a piece of sponge cake as it is also National Sponge Cake Day. enjoy..


  • BigcalidawgBigcalidawg Posts: 1,363 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Still like just before an earthquake.

  • LD10LD10 Posts: 396 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I may listen to Chris Cross today...

  • scooterdawgscooterdawg Posts: 3,066 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 2019

    This place be like:

    Edit due to language in meme...

  • scooterdawgscooterdawg Posts: 3,066 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 2019

    Was late so I wasn’t paying attention to the f-word being included but in the interest of full disclosure here is what I posted..late at night. Again, my apologies for the language but it’s not like I posted some offensive diatribe:

    Again, my bad. Just didn’t want people thinking that I posted something worse.

  • tfk_fanboytfk_fanboy Posts: 2,210 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    A wise man knows the name of the wind

  • DawgBonesDawgBones Posts: 1,213 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Last wind I knew the name of was called Michael. Got to say I sure didn't feel Wise sticking around for that one.

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