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Bryan L. Allen is an American self-taught hang glider pilot and bicyclist. He achieved fame when he piloted (and provided the human power for) the two aircraft that won the first two Kremer prizes for human-powered flight, the Gossamer Condor (1977; the first human-powered aircraft to fly and meet specified criteria)[1] and Gossamer Albatross (1979; the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel).[2] He later set world distance and duration records in a small pedal-powered blimp named "White Dwarf."[3]


Allen graduated from Tulare Union High School in Tulare, California. He then attended the College of the Sequoias, and Cal State Bakersfield.[4]

As of 2013, he is employed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, working as a software engineer in the area of Mars exploration.[5]

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  1. [1] Bryan Allen - hardest-working pilot ever
  2. [2] Description of Gossamer Albatross in Smithsonian Museum
  3. [3] The White Dwarf Flies Again
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  5. The care and feeding of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Ground Data System (GDS) (2005), NASA Technical Reports Server, Allen et al. authors
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