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NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY – August 23

National Ride With The Wind Day - August 23

National Ride With The Wind Day – August 23


NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY 

Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23 as you celebrate the annual National Ride The Wind Day.

National Ride The Wind Day commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize.  It was on August 23rd of 1977 that the Gossamer Condor 2,  flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society, at Minter Field in Shafter, CaLifornia.  Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.

The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.

The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Enjoy the breeze

We all know that  cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and be outside as much as possible.  The summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered aircraft, fly a kite, hang glide, go sail-boating, cool off in the heat, let the breeze blow through our hair and etc.

CELEBRATE

Post on social media using #RideTheWindDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Ride the Wind Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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