Saturday, October 02, 2010

First human-powered ornithopter

[awr-nuh-thop-ter]  –noun
a heavier-than-air craft designed to be propelled through the air by flapping wings.

See full-screen video of flight.

"Built from carbon fiber, foam, and balsa wood, the Snowbird weighs just 94 lbs. and has a wingspan of 105 feet, which is comparable to that of a Boeing 737–amazingly, the Snowbird weighs less than all of the pillows on board."

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