EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE — The experimental pedal-plane Eagle lumbered slowly around a triangular course above this desert flight center today, setting two distance records for human-powered flight. The record flight covered 37.2 miles and took 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Pilot Glenn Tremml, 26, took off at 8:25 a.m., pumping the pedals to power the 11-foot propeller.
After the landing at 10:38 a.m., Tremml climbed out of the plane and was greeted with a hug and a handshake from his ground crew. "I feel great," Tremml shouted to reporters.
He said he wanted to go farther and only stopped because one of his feet slipped off a pedal and he couldn't reinsert it before the craft skidded to a landing.
About 9 a.m. he broke a 10-mile closed-course mark set Wednesday by Lois McCallin, 30, who powered the 92-pound Eagle about 10 miles over a similar triangular course during a 37-minute, 38-second flight.