National Ride the Wind Day | August 23
Wed Aug 23rd

National Ride The Wind Day


On August 23rd, enjoy the last days of summer and the warm breezes as you commemorate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.

The first human-powered flight to win the Kremer award was commemorated on National Ride the Wind Day. The Gossamer Condor flew the first figure-eight course charted by the Royal Aeronautical Society at Minter Field in Shafter, California, on August 23rd of 1977. It traveled a distance of 2,172 meters while cruising at just 11 mph.

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Take to the air! We all know that cooler air is right around the corner. So take advantage of these lovely days and get outside as much as possible. Make some history by testing out those human-powered aircraft. We can fly human-powered because of the summer breezes. Flying a kite is always a good back plan in the case you don't have a human-powered plane.

You can also learn about piloting a glider or being a passenger. You will be flying into the stunning blue skies with FAA registered pilots. Be sure to use #RideTheWindDay to post on social media and share your tales.

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Ride the wind FAQ

Q. Where is the Gossamer Condor stored? In an exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institute displays the Gossamer Condor.

Q. Did Paul MacCready and his crew invent and other human-powered aircraft?

A. Yes. Yes. The Gossamer Albatross, which soared across the English Channel, and the Bionic Bat, which was named for onboard battery storage, were developed by the team. Several solar aircraft were also built by the team.

Q. Is there a human-powered helicopter?

A. Yes. Yes. In 2013, the Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition challenged developers to create a human-powered helicopter. The helicopter had to hover for 60 seconds and reach a height of 3 meters because of the parameters. The winning helicopter, the Aerovelo Atlas, was designed by Dr. Todd Reichert and Dr. Cameron Robertson. It remained for 64 seconds and hit a height of 3.3 meters in 64 seconds.