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#923:  Site of the Flight of the Gossamer Condor

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Location:

Entrance to Shafter Airport, Lerdo Hwy, 5 mi E of Shafter

35.500117,-119.181658

 

 

Plaque:

State Plaque

Notes:

None


From the plaque:

This plaque at Shafter Airport commemorates the world's first man-powered flight to complete the Kremer Circuit, August 23, 1977. The circuit, a figure eight around two pylons one-half mile apart, was completed in six minutes, twenty-two seconds. The plane was designed by Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr. and flown by Bryan Allen. A cash prize of 50,000 pounds was awarded by the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, England.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Kern County Museum, Kern County Department of Airports, and Kern County Historical Society, February 24, 1979.



©2009 David Schmitt