NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR: National Ride the Wind Day

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For as long as we have been watching birds fly, humankind has wanted to join them.

The Wright Brothers achieved this in 1903 with a combustion engine plane, but it turns out that a human powered aircraft was much tougher to build.

To create some incentive, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced the Kremer Competition in 1959 with a prize of 50,000 pounds. But the strict figure 8 course was tough to navigate and the prize was not awarded until August 23rd, 1977. That’s when Paul MacCreadys Gossamer Condor 2 beat the Japanese Stork and a years worth of work paid off big!

On National Ride the Wind Day, visit the Smithsonian where the Gossamer Condor 2 is displayed next to the Wright Brothers Plane and the Apollo 11 moon capsule.

Today we also celebrate: National Sponge Cake Day and National Cuban Sandwich Day.

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