The Flight of the Pedaliante


The Flight of the Pedaliante

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Awesome photo and story of the first catapult-assisted human-powered flight, photo from Bossi Family Photos, via Wikipedia (with story from Wikipedia):

The Pedaliante (Italian for “Pedal Glider”) was a human-powered aircraft designed and built by Enea Bossi and Vittorio Bonomi and disputably credited with, in 1936, performing the first fully human-powered flight. The source of contention is that the flights were performed by Emilio Casco — a pilot with exceptional physical endurance such that sustainable flight was not considered feasible for a typical person. Incorporating a catapult launch, the aircraft successfully traveled 0.62 miles (1 km) as part of an Italian competition.

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