Airglow human-powered flying machine

Date:24 February 2014 Tags:, , , ,

Airglow competed in the 2013 Icarus Cup, the world’s most challenging human-powered-aircraft competition. Flight instructor and glider pilot Mike Truelove attempted an unassisted takeoff and achieved a distance of 41,2 metres. Check it out…

Named after the Greek mythological figure who plunged into the sea after flying too close to the Sun and melting his man-made wings, the Icarus cup started in 2012 at the home of the Lasham Gliding Society with five aircraft in the competition. Airglow won the 2012 Icarus Cup.

Of the four planes that competed in the 2013 Icarus Cup at England’s Sywell Aerodrome, only two flew for longer than a minute. Airglow’s nemesis, Betterfly, secured victory on the last day of the competition.

The second edition of the Icarus Cup was sanctioned by the International Air Sports Federation, and federation officials are mulling over the creation of a world championship in 2015.

Read more about the improbable flying machines of Sywell in the March 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics – on sale 24 February.