Season 11, Episode 9 Flying Free

First Aired: April 10, 2001

In this episode, host Alan Alda meets Paul MacCready, who designed and built a pedal-powered flying machine (he called it the “Gossamer Condor”) in the 1970s. The two fly together in a number of aircraft. The hour also explores the evolution of natural flight, beginning some 300 million years ago, when insects first grew wings.

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  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)

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