Human-Powered Aircraft with Flapping Wings Makes Aviation History
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World record for sustained flight in a human-powered aircraft with flapping wings made aviation history. More than 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci sketched the first human-powered ornithopter in 1485, a team from the University of Toronto have succeeded where so many before them have failed.

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The record-breaking flight of the craft, called the “Snowbird”, took place on August 2 at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham, Ontario. the aircraft sustained both altitude and airspeed for 19.3 seconds, covering a distance of 475 feet (145 m) at an average speed of 16 mph (26 km/h). With a wingspan of 105 feet (32 m), comparable to that of a Boeing 737, the plane weighs just 94 lbs (43 kg).   Music by Nicholas Martel and Daniel Gauthier.
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