California Historical Landmarks in Kern County
California Historical Landmark 923
Flight of the Gossamer Condor
Lerdo Highway at Vultee Street
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.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation