Monday, May 11, 2009
Bryan L. Allen (born October 13, 1952 in Visalia, California) is self-taught hang glider pilot and bicyclist. He achieved fame when he piloted the aircraft that won the first two Kremer prizes for human-powered flight, the Gossamer Condor (1977) and Gossamer Albatross (1979). He later set world distance and duration records in a small pedal-powered blimp named "White Dwarf." As of 2007[update], he is employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, working as a software engineer in the area of Mars exploration. Allen attended the Tulare Union High School in Tulare, California, College of the Sequoias, and Cal State Bakersfield.
The Gossamer Condor was the first human-powered aircraft capable of controlled and sustained flight, able to win the Kremer Prize.
The Gossamer Condor at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum