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Snowbird - The World's1st Successful Ornithopter

Leonardo Da Vinci's conceptual design for a flapping-wing flying machine - Airplanes and RocketsOn August 2, 2009, students from the University of Toronto Institute of Technology set a world record for sustained man-powered ornithopter flight - 19.3 seconds, covering a distance of 145 meters at an average speed of 25.6 k/hr. The included video records that flight which took place at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham in Ontario, Canada, in the "Snowbird" 1st Sustained Human-Powered Ornithopter Flight - Airplanes and Rocketspresence of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). The "Snowbird" weighs in at just 45 kg (99 pounds w/o pilot), and has a wing span of 32 meters (105 feet), and is powered by a 0.3 hp engine (the human pilot). Model building skills and materials are used throughout; e.g., carbon fiber, Styrofoam and balsa, CA glue and vacuum-bagging laminated assemblies. Details of the aircraft structure and wing-flapping device are hard to find.
Here is the video of the epic event





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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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