12/06/1979 A human powered aircraft crosses the English Channel
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The Gossamer Albatross is a human-powered aircraft which completed a successful crossing of the English Channel. The machine was built by American aeronautical engineer Paul B. MacCready's company, AeroVironment, and was piloted by self-taught hang glider pilot and bicyclist, Bryan Allen. Flying from Folkestone in England to Cape Gris-Nez in France, he completed the distance of 35.7 km in 2 hours and 49 minutes with a top speed of 29 km/h and an average altitude of 1.5 m.
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