Skip to comments.Grounded! 'Bird man' admits flying video is a fake
Posted on 03/23/2012 6:31:33 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
A Dutch man named Jarno Smeets became an Internet sensation this week after posting a video on YouTube in which he appears to fly like a bird. In the video, he straps on a contraption that supposedly syncs the motion of his flapping arms to that of a huge pair of wings made of kite fabric, allowing him to flap the wings and take off into the air.
As reported yesterday by Life's Little Mysteries, CGI experts quickly found flaws in the footage of Smeets taking flight that revealed the video clip had been tampered with. Internet marketing experts suggested the video may have been a viral ad campaign for Nintendo Wii, perhaps, as Smeets claimed to have used Wii controllers to operate his wings.
By the end of the day, doubt surrounding the video had soundly overtaken belief in the amazing new invention it seemed to show in action.
And now, the jig is up. Smeets, whose real name is Floris Kaayk, has come clean on Dutch television, admitting that his videos and accompanying blog were nothing more than what he calls "online storytelling." His flying video attracted more than 3 million views on YouTube.
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Anyone who has every used a GoPro knew it was fake immediately.
Without a steadycam holder you can’t even walk in a straight line without wobbling with a GoPro.
And the 13th video this guy posted showed how they faked it. So it wasn’t like he was trying too hard to fake it.
It was a good viral stunt though.
The last time human powered flight took place it required a very, very fit athlete with a unique air craft. Even then it looked difficult.
Flapping wings? No, I don’t think so.
I don't think this concept is that far out of the question...at least for a very short distance.
Watching the video its clear to me that you wouldn’t be able to flap your arms like that for long and could never flap them hard enough to get off the ground.
Birds are built for that kind of strength.
IIRC, these wing suits have 3:1 glide ratio (3’ forward for every 1’ of drop).
Or take the prone position w/o a strong airflow which is absent.
It would take a bit more than working out at the gym.
Interesting, I found flaws in the physics before getting the end of the first paragraph. There is a reason that flying birds hav hollow bones and most all of their muscle mass in their breast.
Birds also have hollow bones.
I'm a big guy, 6'-3", 210lbs, hockey player, good shape, etc.
If I recall corrrectly, I equated to a cardinal...
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