Image of the Day: Human-powered glider sets flight record in 1937

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Enea Bossi, Sr. designed the Pedaliante, or pedal glider, and its first documented flight took place on March 18, 1937. At the time of its takeoff from Cinisello airport near Milan, the Pedaliante was arguably the most advanced human-powered aircraft in the world. On that day, pilot and bicyclist Emilio Casco pedaled the aircraft 0.62 miles (after it was launched from a height of 30 feet) and set a record for the longest human-powered flight.

It was later determined that the Pedaliante was completely unsuitable for flight and was only able to achieve the record due to Casco's extreme pedaling strength and endurance.

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