Must see video: man flies by flapping his arms/wings?

Must see video: man flies by flapping his arms/wings?

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!

Original post:
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!

Updated: March 23, 2012 — 2:14 PM
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