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Bossi & Bonomi Pedaliente

Enea Bossi and Vittorio Bonomi's Pedaliente had a wingspan of 17.6 m (57¼ ft) and had two chain-driven contra-rotating propellers. Thanks to the Italian government's ruling that all man-powered aircraft contestants had to conform to conventional airworthiness standards, the Pedaliente was far too heavy, weighing nearly 100 kg (220 lb), and could manage only downhill glides even after a bungee launch.


A 1936 human-powered aircraft, designed by Enea Bossi. Built by Vittorio Bonomi, flown by cyclist Emilio Casco, 80 flights made.

Empty weight 97 kg (213 lbs)
Wingspan 17.7 m


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