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Human powered vehicle
A human powered vehicle (HPV) is a vehicle powered solely by human muscular effort. The most common HPVs are rowing boats and bicycles, but many other kinds of vehicles have used human power, including submarines, aircraft, hovercraft and kinetic sculpture vehicles.
Human powered aircraft must be capable of powered takeoffs: this excludes gliders. Perhaps the most well-known human powered plane is the Gossamer Albatross, which flew across the English Channel in 1976.
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