Man-Powered Plane Designer Honored
Well, he may not have come up with green ketchup, but Paul B. MacCready's accomplishments flavoring aviation with energy conservation have earned him the $250,000 Heinz Award. MacCready designed the Gossamer Albatross, the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel. The award honors the memory of Sen. John Heinz, heir to the food company fortune. In addition to the Albatross, MacCready's company, AeroVironment Inc., has developed various alternative-energy aircraft and vehicles.