Monday, June 25, 2012

Human-Powered Helicopter Breaks Record

... of flight time for a human-powered rotorcraft. The flight was still under a minute, and was only barely off the ground. I believe this also captures the "oddest-looking aircraft" award:

If your CPU and graphics card can handle it (my box is over 5 years old and cannot), watch full-screen for maximum visual disorientation. :-)

AFTERTHOUGHT: in my bicycling years, we used to distinguish cyclists between "spinners" and "pile-drivers" based on their preferred gear at maximum speed. This fellow is definitely a spinner.

AFTERTHOUGHT: add this to the list of things about which Samuel Johnson said, "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."


  1. You obviously haven't heard about the helicopter cat then....

  2. "Global outrage" is a wild overreaction to an offense which is mostly tastelessness. It's not as if he killed the cat purposely to stuff and fly it. If Jansen committed any grave error, it was letting his allegedly beloved cat run loose into the street. Cats, with or without propellers, are not equipped by nature to dodge cars successfully.



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