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An ornithopter (a flapping wing aircraft) under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. The renaissance genius designed an aircraft that would achieve both lift and thrust with its flapping wings over 500 years ago. Many have tried to make it work; none have succeeded.
Originally posted by Murcielago
Impessive, but sadly a complete waste of time and money, its just not feasable to have a flaping aircraft that big. Flapping works best for small things.
talk about wear and tear! this thing is only for show, sure it can fly but its rediculously impractable.
Originally posted by Majic
What it needs is to be full of Imperial Sardaukar responding to an urgent request from the Harkonnens to suppress a Fremen uprising.
Throw in a life-prolonging spice called "melange", some palace intrigue, human computers, giant worms, an obese but ingenious arch-villain, the ability to see the future and a lot of sand, and you've got the premise for an excellent book and a lousy movie...
You'd never get me in one of those contraptions, and I will fly in almost anything...