'Father of Human-Powered Flight' Dies

Bryan Allen pilots the Gossamer Condor, with some help from inventor Paul MacCready, in May 1977.

Bryan Allen pilots the Gossamer Condor, with some help from inventor Paul MacCready, in May 1977. Don Monroe hide caption

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Paul MacCready Jr., known as the "father of human-powered flight," for designing the first aircraft to make a sustained, controlled flight powered solely by a human, has died. He was 81.

Bryan Allen, a software engineer in the area of Mars exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Melissa Block. Allen was the pilot for MacCready's Gossamer Condor, which logged a 7 1/2-minute flight, and for his Gossamer Albatross, which crossed the English Channel.

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