California Historical Landmarks in Kern County

California Historical Landmark 923
Flight of the Gossamer Condor
Lerdo Highway at Vultee Street
Shafter Airport

Flight of the Gossamer Condor

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

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