The Kremer Prize

In 1959 industrialist Henry Kremer set a series of challenges with generous cash prizes for successful participants. Some of these have been claimed but two highly demanding challenges remain uncompleted. One is to cover a 26 mile Marathon distance in under an hour for a prize of £50,000. The other, considered by many to be the holy grail in HPA ambitions, is the 1500m triangular course which must be performed in both directions  and with wind conditions  not below 11mph. The prize for successfully completing this course remains unclaimed at £100,000. Full details of the challenge can be downloaded using the button below.


Kremer Prizes already won

The first Kremer prize of £50,000 was won on 23 August 1977 by Dr. Paul MacCready when his Gossamer Condor, piloted by Bryan Allen, became the first human-powered aircraft to fly a figure eight around two markers one half mile apart, starting and ending the course at least 10 feet (3.0 m) above the ground.

The second Kremer prize of £100,000 was won on 12 June 1979, again by Paul MacCready, when Bryan Allen flew Gossamer Albatross from England to France.

A Kremer prize of £20,000 for speed was won in 1984 by a design team of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for flying their MIT Monarch B craft on a triangular 1.5 km (0.93 mi) course in under three minutes, an average speed of 20 mph.


Gossamer  Albatross crossing the English Channel in 1979