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Gossamer Albatross

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, December 30, 2018 10:58:49

If you have a good memory or are interested anyway you may know of the Gossamer Albatross. It was a man powered aircraft that won the Kremer Prize in 1979 for crossing the channel from Folkestone and landing on the beach at Cape Gris-Nez. Some of the support work involved Manston and at that time Squadron Leader Robert 'Paddy' Brown was working there with the ATC and became close to those involved. I understand that he flew Hurricanes at one point and his Mae West and log books are on display at Manston museum. S/L Brown passed away 5 years ago but last year I was introduced to his widow. I was chatting to her the other day when my interest in aircraft became apparent and she gave the framed photo below of the Gossamer Albatross completing its flight. It is signed by Bryan Allen, the pilot, and Paul MacCready, the designer.

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Posted by Gaz Fri, January 25, 2019 19:41:59

I hate that period of time where viewing aeroplanes seems to cease to exist between October and late April. But every year we do our thing having always something drop on us or to get to task with and then normal service is resumed.

Posted by Peter Fri, January 25, 2019 18:10:39

The sort of happy memory that gets me through January. Less than a week for sanity to be restored!

Posted by Gaz Thu, January 24, 2019 20:36:20

Which you saw in the Hazy Center Washington.

Posted by Marcus Wed, January 02, 2019 18:47:11

Wow. What a wonderful gift!

Posted by tony brockett Sun, December 30, 2018 19:31:31

Just read the history and background to this fantastic flight in '79. Great piece of history with the signed photo.