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Da Vinci and Frank Herbert both foretold this:

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_bloggers/70/student-flies-like-a-bird-powered-only-by-himself.html
 
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Flying that low he better watch out for the worms!
 
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Bear Bibeault wrote:Flying that low he better watch out for the worms!

I have heard of flying fish, but never flying worms. Beside, the Wright brothers only got a couple of feet above ground level.
 
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Who needs to fly?

 
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What on earth is that picture?
 
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Different angle and imagining.


 
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And what I think is the funniest LOLCAT on the webs:



 
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In Regard to thiis ornithopter, Well ... Ahem... Guess I will just go with the old standby. If one can't say something nice , one shouldn't say anything at all. So On that Note, Good day to you all
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Bert Bates wrote:Da Vinci and Frank Herbert both foretold this:

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_bloggers/70/student-flies-like-a-bird-powered-only-by-himself.html



The article mentions that the pilot lost 18 lbs during his year-long training for the flight. Maybe if I lose 18 lbs, I can fly one of those too.

Sure, the Wright brothers only flew a couple feet over the ground on their first successful attempt. The development of more powerful engines have made modern airplanes that fly miles above the earth at super sonic speeds possible. Now we just have to make more efficient humans to make this new mode of transportation practical.

By the way... Cool!
 
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I wish the article had gone into more details. What I don't get is, it looks like a big glider (and took off as one) that had wings that "flap". I'm not sure by the article or the video that flapping the wings actually kept the craft in flight or not. I suppose if he hadn't flapped the wings it would have descended faster than it did. Don't get me wrong. It was way cool to see. But the flapping looked more like a slight of hand than something actually functional.
 
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