Canadian researcher Todd Reichert contends that he has completed the first flight on Ornithopter. This engineless machine originally conceived by Leonardo da Vinci is heavier than air, has wings, which are driven by human effort.
Reichert is studying engineering at the University of Toronto. The Ornithopter, named ‘Snow Bird’, was took off from the runway of Great Lakes Gliding Club in Toronto. Reichert ‘pedaled’ the machine while flexing the wings for 19.3 seconds.
Ornithopter helped accelerate the machine, and then he flew alone about 145 meters at a speed of 25.6 km / h, with a few strokes, and landed safely.
“Throughout history, countless men and women have dreamt of flying like a bird under their own power, and hundreds, if not thousands have attempted to achieve it,” he said in a statement.
Ornithopter is made of carbon fiber and balsa wood. Its weight is 43 kg, and has a wingspan of 32 meters
According to Canadian specialists, they have the telemetry data, confirming that the aircraft just did not glide, but it maintained the height by itself. International Aeronautical Federation must confirm the record of flight at a meeting in October.
The idea of Ornithopter is credited to Leonardo da Vinci. He painted the sketches of this machine in around 1485, drawing the mechanisms, transmitting the movement of human muscles to the wings.