Flying like a bird! Dutch mechanical engineer Jarno Smeets take off and fly with his own invention like a real bird, just by flapping his wings! We did it! This weekend I flew a 100 meters with my selfbuilt wings.
Update 1: Flying like a bird! But the video is it real? There is an update in gizmodo.
Update 2: Flying Bird Man Is Fake! The man who claimed to achieve bird-like flight with a custom-built contraption came clean today: It was a hoax 8 months in the making.
Insects, the only invertebrates that have learned how to fly, use their wings as key assets in their global colonization. Their wings can be protective shells, musical instruments (grasshoppers), camouflage, signals to recognize each other, a means of attracting mates or warning predators, even tools to fly.
Six engines on a plane are better than two. This new Oliver VTOL “Hexplane” concept packs six engines and three wings, which apparently make the craft so reliable that you could lose any one engine or even an entire wing section without compromising the craft’s ability to fly to your destination.