Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23rd as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.
The observance commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize. It was on August 23rd of 1977 the Gossamer Condor 2 flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.
The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.
The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
We all know that cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and get outside as much as possible. Test out those human-powered aircraft and make some history. Summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered. In the event you lack a human-powered aircraft, flying a kite is always a good back plan.
Learn about Ride The Wind Day
Created to celebrate the anniversary of the first man powered flight, Ride the Wind Day is a fun day that all members of the family can take part in. Some ideas for celebrating this special day include kite flying, windsurfing, hang gliding, making and sailing boats, watching birds soar through the sky, or simply a picnic on a windy day, watching the wind in the trees. Children will love making paper airplanes or other flying toys and watching them zoom through the air.
The holiday itself is a play on the phrase “run like the wind” from the English language, which means to run very quickly. It is sometimes utilized in the context of running away from something or someone, for example, there is a song called Ride Like The Wind that was released in 1980 by Christopher Cross, who is an American singer and songwriter. In this, he recounts the story of an outlaw who flees Mexico in order to avoid punishment. We also see the phrase sometimes attributed to incidents whereby we do something without a purpose. Just in the way that the wind is able to change its direction at any time without warning, someone who is riding like the wind has the power to change their life’s course without any reason, rhyme, or warning either.
History of Ride The Wind Day
Ride The Wind Day was created in order to commemorate the anniversary of the first flight that was powered by humans to be awarded with the Kremer prize. It was on the 23rd of August in 1977 that the first ever course in a figure-eight was flown by the Gossamer Condor 2. This had been set out by the Royal Aeronautical Society. This incident took place in California at the Minter Field in Shafter. The aircraft traveled a distance of 2,162 meters, slowly cruising at a speed of 11 mph.
Dr. Paul B MacCready built the Gossamer Condor 2. The pilot was hang-glider pilot and amateur cyclist, Bryan Allen. Today, you can find this aircraft at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, if you are interested in seeing what it looks like.
Of course, in order to understand this day a bit better, we also need to understand wind better. The wind is the flow of gases on a monumental scale. On the Earth’s surface, wind consists of the bulk movement of air. In a number of different sports, wind figures prominently, for instance, windsurfing, sailing, paragliding, kite surfing, kite landboarding, snowkiting, kite flying, hot air ballooning, and recreational hand gliding. In gliding, wind gradients just above the surface, impacting both the landing and taking off phases of flight for the glider.
For an aerodynamic aircraft, which is going to be operating relative to air, ground speed is impacted by the wind. Moreover, in the cases of vehicles that are lighter than air, the wind could play a solitary or significant role in their movement and ground track.