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World's first pedal-powered ornithopter takes flight..

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Canadian enthusiasts have finally achieved a feat that has eluded humanity's finest engineers since the time of Leonardo da Vinci - to build a machine, powered by a human pilot's muscles, which flies by flapping its wings: an ornithopter.

I'd be more impressed if it didn't need to be towed by a car to get it off the ground.

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I'm not convinced

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I'd say it's more of a glider. I didn't witness any "lift" from human power. Even when the tow line was released it seemed to begin losing altitude.

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I'm not either...nor am I a physics expert but

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even weighing 94 pounds is a lot for most humans to lift from the ground let alone develop enough power to carry aloft without help. It was fun to watch and perhaps an amazing engineering feat but I don't think the airline companies are sweating much over this.

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