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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3496 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

I know it may be very difficult to engineer and build but would there be any chance of designing a plane with flapping wings? I have no idea how it would work but if birds can fly then there must be some crazy way for a plane to fly to same way.


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User currently offlineWidebodyphotog From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 917 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Here ya go...

http://www.ornithopter.net/images/2002/medium/Flapper7_2002.jpg

http://www.ornithopter.net/images/2002/medium/Flapper5_2002.jpg

http://www.ornithopter.net/images/2002/medium/31Aug_Flapper2.jpg

and some videos here:

http://www.ornithopter.net/MediaGallery/Videos/index_e.html

-widebodyphotog



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

Wouldn't be a smooth ride the Ornithopter.  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Just to humor you tech guys a bit...My Cousin (who's 45) honestly believes that planes are designed to flap their wings during flight to save fuel. He came to this conclusion when he noticed the wings flexing from turbulence.

I know it's a bit off-topic, but I saw the thread and I thought you guys might like a laugh or two.

Cheers,
Patrick



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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3496 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3):


Your cousins doesn't know to much about planes eh.



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
Your cousins doesn't know to much about planes eh.

Nope!  no 

cheers,
Patrick



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 4):
Your cousins doesn't know to much about planes eh.

Or physics.

Or soaring birds. They keep their wings still when thermalling or using orographic lift.



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User currently offlineYikes! From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Hey people: If there was a thermodynamic advantage to flapping our wings, it would have been thought of by now. Remember, if you're going to flap your wings, energy must be expended.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3609 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

They can't even get the damn overhead bins to work, let alone a 50,000+ lb articulated wing.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2127 times:

Quoting Yikes! (Reply 7):
Remember, if you're going to flap your wings, energy must be expended

Structural point of view....Strong links.
Bumby ride  Smile
regds
MEL



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