Thirty years ago, on Jan. 21, 1987, American triathlete Lois McCallin set three women’s world records for human-powered flight, which still stand today. From California’s Edwards Air Force Base, 29-year-old McCallin made history.
At peak physical condition, McCallin — an amateur triathlete — had been training for months to pedal a gossamer-light plane into the air. She flew by leg-power alone for 9.3 miles at an average speed of 12.4 mph. [Read more…]