Todd Reichert has successfully fulfilled mankind’s aeronautical dream of reaching out to the skies like a bird flapping its wings with his human-powered airplane. An Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Todd devised an ornithopter with flapping wings to become the first in the world to fly continuously.
The record-breaking flight at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Ontario, Canada covered a distance of 145 meters at an average speed of 25.6 kmph. What kept the 105-foot-wide wings flapping were the pulleys and ropes attached to it which pulled the wings down whenever Todd pedaled.
Via: Daily Mail