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Anyone remember the Michelob Light Eagle?(6 posts)

Anyone remember the Michelob Light Eagle?Humma Hah
Jun 3, 2002 2:36 PM
Guess what I found stored in the back of the hangar in an old trailer: a somewhat well-known human-powered aircraft!

I work for Athena Technologies, a spin-off of Aurora Flight Sciences, founded by John Langford. Dr. Langford was the mover and shaker responsible for Project Daedelus, the human-powered flight that covered something like 70 miles over the Mediterranian Sea. The company no longer has the Daedelus aircraft, but does have the practice aircraft, the Light Eagle.

Every now and then, some of the other cyclist here talk of pulling it out, taping up the holes and trying it out. I sure would like a crack at it (I'm a student pilot in addition to being a cyclist). Reports are that Light Eagle was much harder to fly than Daedelus.

I think this contraption qualifies as kinda cycle-like, certainly has a place in cycling history, and its definitely a classic.
Cool!Walter
Jun 3, 2002 5:19 PM
I remember a TV documentary about the Daedalus, and its success in the very place Icarus failed oh so long ago.

(well, you know what I mean)

As I recall what got the Greeks excited was that the successful attempt was "piloted" as well as powered by a Greek pro cyclist.
Awesome. I remember a documentary on that. Tell us about the128
Jun 4, 2002 5:02 AM
machine!!
There's probably a web site on that machine somewhere eh?
So this is the prototype, or back-up aircraft?
wow
Where is the hanger?
We're in Manassas, VA ...Humma Hah
Jun 4, 2002 1:36 PM
... and the company website is hiflight.com, but I don't think there's anything about the human-powered stuff on the website. That predates formation of the company.

I'm just started reading a book on Project Daedelus called _The Fullness of Wings_. There's also a Time-Life book containing the "ten greatest adventures", one of which is Project Daedelus. That ranks it with the moon landings! As I learn more, I can post it.
Some info ...Humma Hah
Jun 4, 2002 3:19 PM
The NASA photo gallery was at the top of the pile of 2700+ hits that came back from a search for "Daedalus 88"

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/Daedalus/index.html

The pilot was cyclist Kanellos Kanellopoulos. On April 23, 1988, he flew from Crete for 72.4 miles to Santorini island, where the craft got nailed by a gust of wind and broke up about 10 yards short of the destination. He was unhurt.

Gee, I don't know what a big deal this was ;-). The plane was obviously "stupid light" at 70 pounds, the ride wasn't even a century, and it only took 3 hours 54 minutes. His heartrate at liftoff was 150 bpm, and he reported the flight was easy ... could have ridden twice the distance at that pace.
wow. i want one. When you roll it out...let me know! nm128
Jun 5, 2002 4:43 AM