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The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978)

The Flight of the Gossamer Condor tells the inspiring true story of history's first successful human-powered flight. Renowned inventor Dr. Paul MacCready and his team were filmed creating ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Bryan Allen ...
Himself - Final Pilot
Paul B. MacCready ...
Himself (as Paul MacCready)
Tyler MacCready ...
Himself
Greg Miller ...
Himself
Roger Steffens ...
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The Flight of the Gossamer Condor tells the inspiring true story of history's first successful human-powered flight. Renowned inventor Dr. Paul MacCready and his team were filmed creating the world-famous pedal-powered airplane as it happened. Producing this film which documents the development of a man's dream into a scientific and historic achievement was, in itself, an extraordinary effort. There was an immense risk involved in making a commitment to film a scientist's effort at achieving something which had never done before successfully. Written by Ben Shedd <sheddprods@aol.com>

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invention | test flight | aviation | See All (3) »

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Documentary | Short

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October 1978 (USA)  »

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Has been remastered in HD and digitally restored from a new preservation print made by the Academy Film Archives for the 30th Anniversary of the Gossamer Condor's 1977 landmark human powered flight into aviation history. See more »

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Excellent documentary filmed by the participants as events unfolded
7 November 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film deservedly won the Academy Award for Documentary, Short Subject. There will be spoilers ahead:

Mankind has sought human-powered flight since ancient times, with not much success for most of that time. In 1959, the Royal Aeronautic Society, based in London, began offering The Kremer Prize for the first successful human-powered flight, one capable of meeting rather exacting condition. In 1973, the RAS increased the value of the prize sufficiently to cause Paul MacCready, an engineer to start working on the idea. Also a hang-gliding enthusiast, MacCready figured that if you could design something lightweight enough and with the correct wing size, you could compensate for the lack of human muscle power and manage to get a plane aloft using only a human cyclist as the "engine".

He and his friends and family worked on the project when and as they could, over roughly four years, from 1973 to 1977. They filmed the project themselves and this documentary is the end result. It details the many setbacks and achievements occurring along the way.

This is a fascinating look at an incredible effort to fly under human power. A DVD commemorating the 30th anniversary is available and it's most decidedly worth watching. Most recommended.


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