Full disclosure: after we put the newsletter together, the man who created this video announced that it was a hoax. It’s still a great video, though, and we hope this won’t stop other aspiring “bird men” from taking to the sky with flapping wings!
You’ve probably heard of Jet Man, the guy who flies with a turbine engine strapped to his back, and the daredevils who jump off cliffs while wearing “wing suits” that help them to (hopefully) speedily glide toward terra firma. Now Jarno Smeets, a mechanical engineeer in the Netherlands, has proved that he can take off and fly by flapping his arms (with long “wings” made from kite material attached), assisted by a 2000-watt electric motor. In this video, he actually flies for 100 meters and lands safely. This may be the best human flight footage I’ve ever seen!