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Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr. (Deceased) (1982)

Award Presented at The Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr. Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., earned the designation, "father of human-powered flight," in 1977, when his "Gossamer Condor" made the first sustained, controlled flight by a heavier-than-air craft powered solely by its pilot's muscles. Since then, various creations of Dr. MacCready's teams at AeroVironment, Inc., have followed the "doing more with less" theme: the human-powered "Gossamer Albatross" won aviation's largest cash prize by crossing the English Channel; the solar-powered "Solar Challenger", piloted 163 miles at an altitude of 11,000 feet from France to England; and, with GM, the "Sunraycer", which won the 1987 solar-powered car race across Australia, and the "Impact"; battery-powered car that GM will be tailoring into a mass production vehicle.

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