Flapper the Ornithopter

This is no ordinary plane. It flies… by flapping its wings, in a way similar to how birds fly !

The first successful flight was on 9th July. News is on the Toronto Star. After the successful flight of 14 sec and 1/3 mile , inventor James DeLaurier had this to say to his pilot :

`You did it man. You’ve made an old professor really happy. You’ve made aviation history’
– Ornithopter developer James DeLaurieto test pilot Jack Sanderson

More info about what an Ornithopter is can be found in the Wikipedia entry. Simply put “An ornithopter is a machine that flies like a bird, by flapping its wings”

Amazing !


~ by Vibhu on July 10, 2006.

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