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Bird-like wings carry man 330 feet
upi ^ | March. 21, 2012

Posted on 03/21/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, -- A Dutch man said he completed a flight of about 330 feet using homemade wings based on those of a bird.

Jarno Smeets, 31, an engineer, said he controlled the 55-foot wings using two Nintendo Wii controllers, the accelerometers from an HTC Wildfire S smartphone and Turnigy motors when he took off Sunday at a park in The Hague and flew for about a minute.

"Ever since I was a little boy I have been inspired by pioneers like Otto Lilienthal, Leonardo da Vinci and also my own grandfather," Smeets said.

Smeets has been chronicling his progress on the Human Bird Wings project on YouTube.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science; Travel; UFO's
KEYWORDS: flyingdutchman

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1 posted on 03/21/2012 11:39:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Saw that on the news this morning.

Awesome! I want a pair of those.


2 posted on 03/21/2012 11:42:54 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks.


3 posted on 03/21/2012 11:53:32 AM PDT by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: humblegunner


4 posted on 03/21/2012 11:56:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: humblegunner

So, he really flapped his way into the sky with wings? Pretty awesome. The real Flying Dutchman.


5 posted on 03/21/2012 12:06:12 PM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: JoeProBono

Just beautiful! Incredible!


6 posted on 03/21/2012 12:07:18 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
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To: JoeProBono

Pause the video at 20 seconds...and look at the back of his legs...you see nothing but his cream colored pants. Freeze again at 25 seconds...and see the same thing.

Freeze at 37 seconds, and you see that he’s suddenly got a colorful ‘tail; drapped over his legs. Where did that come from?

Between 40 sec and 44 sec, his legs go way back, almost how a parachutist arches his back when in free-fall. Try to do this on a chair...while flapping your arms.

Around the 1:05 mark, the ‘tail’ is gone again.
Up to the 30 second mark, the man and his wings have a shadow.

At 31 sec, somebody’s shoulder blocks the camera’s view of the shadow.

At 32 sec, the shoulder is gone, and so is the shadow...and the picture is suddenly blurry.


7 posted on 03/21/2012 12:13:26 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: JoeProBono

Pause the video at 20 seconds...and look at the back of his legs...you see nothing but his cream colored pants. Freeze again at 25 seconds...and see the same thing.

Freeze at 37 seconds, and you see that he’s suddenly got a colorful ‘tail; drapped over his legs. Where did that come from?

Between 40 sec and 44 sec, his legs go way back, almost how a parachutist arches his back when in free-fall. Try to do this on a chair...while flapping your arms.

Around the 1:05 mark, the ‘tail’ is gone again.
Up to the 30 second mark, the man and his wings have a shadow.

At 31 sec, somebody’s shoulder blocks the camera’s view of the shadow.

At 32 sec, the shoulder is gone, and so is the shadow...and the picture is suddenly blurry.


8 posted on 03/21/2012 12:13:37 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: JoeProBono
Here's a link to a video of the wing mechanism without the wings and pilot.

Very interesting device.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIfY-GdWi7M&feature=player_embedded

9 posted on 03/21/2012 12:19:49 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
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To: lacrew

10 posted on 03/21/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Up in the air, Junior Birdman,
Flying so high off the ground,
Is it a bird, plane or Superman?
No! It’s Junior Birdman upside down.


11 posted on 03/21/2012 12:25:16 PM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: lacrew
Freeze at 37 seconds, and you see that he’s suddenly got a colorful ‘tail; drapped over his legs. Where did that come from?

The 'tail' is visible while he is running for his takeoff. I can see it flapping back and forth as he is running.

12 posted on 03/21/2012 12:34:42 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: JoeProBono

Fake, according to some CGI experts at Industrial Light and Magic.

http://gizmodo.com/5895235/cgi-experts-say-flying-bird-man-is-fake

The fake-or-not battle is really raging on this one all over the internet. I’m leaning heavily towards hoax. Just doesn’t look right to me.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT by Carlucci
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To: JoeProBono

Fake


14 posted on 03/21/2012 12:40:15 PM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: JoeProBono
Real


15 posted on 03/21/2012 12:42:07 PM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: lacrew
I agree. This is a humbug.

One of my hobbies is electric-powered radio control model airplanes, so I'm familiar with the Turnigy motors he's using.

The motors seen in the blog video produce only about 4-5 HP and do not have the torque to move those large wings fast enough to carry a human being.

Here's a link to the video where he 'demonstrates' the mechanism, which is being held by some woman. (See: Moving wingssystem with Wii controller | part 9/14)

Even this one looks faked.

16 posted on 03/21/2012 12:46:29 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: tumblindice

17 posted on 03/21/2012 12:46:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: lacrew

Yeah. I was just thinking of that Rocket Man thing that was getting rotation a few years ago. What ever became of that? Were we all fooled?


18 posted on 03/21/2012 12:54:11 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...well, half-right, at least.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
One of the problems is that these wings don't have feathers.

Yes, feathers.

Feathers rotate during upwards wing flaps, to make them have little air resistance, and on the down-flap, they lock together to achieve maximum air resistance.

Not even a bird would be able to fly with this guy's design.

19 posted on 03/21/2012 12:56:10 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: JoeProBono

Question...
How is he horizontal in the air. There isn’t enough air flow over his body to create that position .
He would have to do it with his back muscles, very tiring.

Call me skeptical.


20 posted on 03/21/2012 12:58:41 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: JoeProBono

Icarus better not fly too close to the sun.


21 posted on 03/21/2012 1:04:50 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Lazamataz
Feathers rotate during upwards wing flaps, to make them have little air resistance, and on the down-flap, they lock together to achieve maximum air resistance.

Modern R/C ornithopters use sail cloth to simulate the actions you're describing.

22 posted on 03/21/2012 1:09:25 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: lacrew
Say there, lacrew, this same story was posted over in DUmmie land yesterday afternoon and your exact same wording was posted in a response by some one there called “lacrew”. Coincidence?
23 posted on 03/21/2012 1:22:46 PM PDT by 2sheds
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To: JoeProBono
Turnigy motors

He was shopping from the Hong Kong mega RC store Hobby King. Turnigy is their house brand.

24 posted on 03/21/2012 1:39:55 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: JoeProBono
Turnigy motors

He was shopping from the Hong Kong mega RC store Hobby King. Turnigy is their house brand.

25 posted on 03/21/2012 1:40:22 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Lazamataz

Bats don’t have feathers...yet they fly.


26 posted on 03/21/2012 1:55:44 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "Will someone rid me of that Nettlesome Newt?")
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To: Carlucci

The jerkycam crappiness of the camerawork is a dead giveaway:

Deliberately pointing the camera at the ground so they can transition to the fake CGI wing that suddenly shows an extra black square on the right wing.

These people need to be kneecapped for wasting my time.


27 posted on 03/21/2012 2:04:29 PM PDT by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: 2sheds

Nope,

I blatantly troll there, with my Free Republic name.

Nobody’s noticed yet...I’ve sort of trying to get kicked off, but they can’t report me to their ‘jury’ system, unless I say something that’s not true. So, I just use facts...which is frustrating for them.

While you’re over there, look for the global warming thread I’m on....or my current hydrogen scuffle.


28 posted on 03/21/2012 3:08:10 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

Well alrighty then. Carry on !!


29 posted on 03/21/2012 3:53:51 PM PDT by 2sheds
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To: Yo-Yo

30 posted on 03/21/2012 4:06:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

This is pretty cool. Da Vinci ping.

Thanks JoeProBono.


31 posted on 03/21/2012 8:58:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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32 posted on 03/22/2012 2:20:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: OB1kNOb


33 posted on 03/22/2012 2:29:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Otto Lilienthal, whose last words, after he crashed his last
attempt at flying an aircraft, were "Sacrifices must be made."
34 posted on 03/22/2012 10:48:30 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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Report: Bird-flight creator confesses hoax

Published: March. 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 22 (UPI) — The man who claimed to have created a bird-like flight machine confessed Thursday on Dutch TV it was a hoax.

Netherlands artist Floris Kaayk, who went by the name of Jarno Smeets during his “Human Birdwings” project, said the hoax was eight months in the making, Wired Science reported. Kaayk appeared on a Dutch television program called “De Wereld Draait Door” (”The World is Turning”).

Kaayk said he attempted the hoax because “it’s everybody’s dream to fly.”

“He wanted to chase a dream, as most artists do. He wanted to inspire people and I think he succeeded,” neuromechanics scientist Bert Otten of the University of Groningen told Wired Science. “As an artist he has succeeded, but he has fooled most of us. We all want to fly, don’t we?”

Kaayk asked Otten in August 2011 about the mechanics of flight. Otten said he was not in on the hoax.


35 posted on 03/23/2012 7:14:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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