posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 08:07 PM
The Bionic Dolphin or Variable Attitude Submersible Hydrofoil (VASH), a dream of a young surfer, is a machine that a person could ride in that would
move in and out of the waves just as a dolphin would. Thomas (Doc) Rowe had this dream almost 30 years ago and today at 52 he has dedicated his life
to building his machine. One of his Bionic Dolphins, built by Rob Innes, recently appeared at "Big Boy’s Toys," a New Zealand Expo. Described as
the world's first underwater flying machine, Rowe and Innes have another pair in production that will have 400hp engines seating for two and body
components made from Kevlar weighing 600lb. Rowe and Innes are looking at a finish date some time in 2007.
The Bionic Dolphin in action
(CNN) -- When Thomas "Doc" Rowe told people almost 30 years ago that he wanted to build a bionic dolphin, people thought he was crazy. The young
surfer dreamed of sitting in a mechanical capsule that would move in and out of waves just as a dolphin does. Now 52, Doc has dedicated most of his
life to building the machines. The concept recently made waves -- literally -- around the world when one of the bionic dolphins, built by Doc's
protégé Rob Innes, appeared at a New Zealand expo named "Big Boys' Toys.” The dolphin, described by Doc as the world's first underwater flying
machine, attracted a huge amount of media interest during a test drive around Auckland harbor, in New Zealand. It has also appeared in the Austin
Powers' film "Goldmember."
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Innes has a one-man model that runs an 110hp jet ski with a fighter jet canopy and can leap and dive and barrel roll. They sound like they could be a
lot of fun for the laymen, I wonder if the Navy has something the same or are looking at these prototypes.
[edit on 17-12-2004 by Banshee]