The latest man-powered aircraft was unveiled to the public in England on Saturday (October 23).?
GV Aircraft in hangar
SV Pilot pedalling
GV PAN..aircraft skeleton
CU Pilot talking from pilot's seat
GV PAN..Aircraft attempting to and succeeding in getting off ground for short distance
SEQ. 4: PILOT: "It's controlability is very good. I don't know whether we'll get any sonic boom but we do get nearly 16 miles an hour."
REPORTER: "How long can you pedal and get 16 miles an hour?"
PILOT: "Well, I flew the longest flight that we did, about 50 or 80 yards. I can't remember exactly, but I certainly wasn't pedalling at full power and I only stopped because we were getting off the runway onto the grass and we didn't want to damage the machine on the rough surface."
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Background: The latest man-powered aircraft was unveiled to the public in England on Saturday (October 23). The machine, the latest contender for a prize of GBP10,000 (sterling) for the first man-powered flight over a pre-determined course, was built by apprentices of the British Aircraft Corporation at its factory in Weybridge, Surrey. The pilot talks about the machine in this film -- and the aircraft lifts off the ground on a practice run for a later attempt at the prize money.