On a crisp April morning in 1931, a sturdy, middle-aged woman strode purposefully up a hillock overlooking the Spot Pond reservoir outside Boston, MA. Judging the wind conditions and checking that the newsreel cameras were rolling, Madame Helene Alberti adjusted her wings and prepared to launch herself skyward.
Looking for more worthy projects to support this long weekend? We have an interactive story about a whale walking on stilts, a graphic novel following a young vampire who just wants to make comics, a human-powered helicopter looking to break records, and a webseries about aspiring cartoonists.
Everyone wishes they could fly, but this 19-year-old kid spent three years building his dream from balsa wood, rip-resistant foil and plastic wrap. And amazingly, the 85-foot-wingspan craft has already hopped a distance of about 35 feet.