inspects Paul MacCready's latest creation.
MacCready had an unusual childhood. In 1977, Tyler and
his two brothers helped their dad build the Gossamer Condor
- the first successful human-powered airplane.In their free
time, the boys set their minds to their own project - a mini-plane,
also powered by a human, called the Walkalong Glider.
MacCready flys his ingenious Walkalong Glider.
this segment, Alan learns to fly this unique variation on
the standard paper airplane. Moving at a walking speed, Alan
must release the glider just slightly ahead of him, then use
his hands to direct air currents up into the wings of the
little glider. Alan quickly becomes adept at this tricky skill.
Real pros like Tyler- who has had 25 years of practice after
all- can guide the glider without even using his hands. As
he walks, the plane appears to float just above his head.
another example of how MacCready-style experimentation can
push the limits of what's possible.
more on this topic, see the web feature:
Your Own Plane