The Gossamer Albatross Human-Powered Aircraft

Hey, you did it! You designed the winner. This is a picture of the Gossamer Albatross, which was an improvement over the Gossamer Condor. The thrust is created by a propeller in the rear of the craft that is powered by the pedaling pilot. It has a wingspan of about 30 meters (98.4 feet), which is long enough to provide enough lift but not so long as to create too much drag. The stabilizer up front keeps it on a nice and steady course. Thirty Kilograms (66.1 pounds) is light enough that a pilot pedaling at less then one-half horse power can get it off the ground.

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