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Wing Flapping

Postby Sven » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:44 pm

A guy in Germany develops an ultralight that uses flapping wings for propulsion. Spoiler alert (looks like it's a hoax).
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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby baswell » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:49 pm

Dutch, actually.

The first thing I look for to determine hoax status is lighting and shadows.

With the sun being so low, I would expect the shadow to disappear quite quickly.

Just not from one frame to the next as his feet leave the ground.

I am calling it a hoax for that reason.

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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby Landis » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:09 pm

I just saw this from a link somewhere else and was coming here to ask Dave how he's training for his first flight. :)

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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby champguy » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:19 pm

Guy certainly was winded, so he did something. Without the skeletal structure of a bird and the primary muscles in the arms rather than the legs, the whole thing seems doubtful to me too.
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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby Scofreyjet » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:07 pm

Apparently this has now been acknowledged as a "fabrication" by the creator.

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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby Dave Higdon » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:52 am

where to begin....insufficient wing area for the power, head-mounted video is too smooth to have been taken with all that up-and-down flapping...crummy rez, etc...

But! Have you seen the video of the guy who lost an entire wing off one side of his airplane -- and still got it level and landed safely? :lol: :twisted: :roll:

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Re: Wing Flapping

Postby baswell » Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:13 pm

The guy has come clean on Dutch TV. A "social" experiment by this film maker.

Can't believe the amount of people that fell for it...

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