The MIT 'Monarch' and the Kremer World Speed Competition

Juan Cruz, Mark Drela, John Langford


The race for the Kremer World Speed Record was the closest human powered aircraft competition yet. Throughout the summer of 1983, teams in Massachusetts and California worked to construct aircraft capable of completing the 1500 meter Kremer Course in less than three minutes. Between August 14 and Septernber 23, the MIT Monarch successfully demonstrated all of the components of the Kremer Course and began making record attempts. 0n September 23, the Monarch was damaged in a landing accident, and subsequently disassembled due to pressures of the academic term. This paper traces the design and development of the Monarch.


Aerodynamics, Structures, Materials, Design

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