Bryan Allen (hang glider)

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Bryan L. Allen
Alma mater Cal State Bakersfield
Home town Tulare, California

Bryan Lewis Allen (born October 13, 1952) is an American self-taught hang glider pilot and bicyclist. He achieved fame when he piloted (and provided the human power for) the two aircraft that won the first two Kremer prizes for human-powered flight, the Gossamer Condor (1977; the first human-powered aircraft to fly and meet specified criteria)[1] and Gossamer Albatross (1979; the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel).[2] He later set world distance and duration records in a small pedal-powered blimp named "White Dwarf."[3]


Allen graduated from Tulare Union High School in Tulare, California. He then attended the College of the Sequoias, and Cal State Bakersfield.[4]

As of 2018, he is employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, working as a software engineer in the area of Mars exploration.[5]


  1. ^ [1] Bryan Allen - hardest-working pilot ever
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-06-12.  Description of Gossamer Albatross in Smithsonian Museum
  3. ^ [2] The White Dwarf Flies Again
  4. ^ Sugar, James & Stephan Wilkinson (June 1986). "Who Is Bryan Allen?". Air and Space Magazine: 49. 
  5. ^ The care and feeding of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Ground Data System (GDS) Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine. (2005), NASA Technical Reports Server, Allen et al. authors

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