Impossible dream as it seemed to have a human-powered ornithopter flown in the air, as many have failed and yet one have succeeded. Thanks to lightweight carbon fiber and to a Canadian engineering student, who have conquered a dream pondered over by inventors and flight enthusiasts for over a hundred years, flying an ornithopter. (an aircraft that flaps its wings like a bird to sustain forward momentum and some lift). You can watch the record breaking flight just hit the continue link below.
Engineering student Todd Reichert is 28 years old, and studies for his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies. He’s successfully created, and flown, what he’s calling The Snowbird. The flight is a record breaking one, as he managed to sustain about 16 MPH, and flew at a height of 475 feet. The Snowbird has a huge wingspan, measuring nearly to a Boeing 737, but they managed to cut the weight to only 94 pounds. Due to weight limitations, Reichert had to drop 18lbs of his own weight just to make sure that the ‘bird would fly.