First flight

SUMPAC  on November 9th 1961 piloted by Derek Piggot.


Winner first Kremer prize (figure of eight course)

Gossamer Condor on August 23rd 1977 piloted by Bryan Allen.

Winner Kremer speed prize

Monarch B May 11th 1984 piloted by Frank Scarabino.

Distance record - men

74 miles (119 Km) by Daedalus on April 23rd 1988 piloted by Kanellos Kanellopoulos.

Distance record - women

15.44 km by Light Eagle on January 21st, 1987 piloted by Lois McCallin, in 37 minutes 38 seconds.

Winner Cross-Channel Kremer prize

Gossamer  Albatross on 12th June 1979 piloted by Bryan Allen. This was also the longest flight at 35.7 km for a HPA before Daedalus.

First Passenger carrying flight

Musculair I piloted by Holger Rochelt, the passenger was Katrin Rochelt, Holger's sister.

British records


1171 yards (1070 m) by Jupiter June 29th 1972 piloted by John Potter (Limited by length of runway)

On 24th July 2016 Chalotte Barford became the first British female pilot of human powered aircraft at the BHPFC competition at Sywell

Official Human powered Aircraft records are kept by the FAI at under “HumanPowered aeroplane”. Not the friendliest of sites.

More records can be found at the International Human Powered Vehicle Association at

Please note: There is no record for maximum height and it is the BHPFC’s policy that we will never recognise a maximum height record for safety reasons.

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