Ornithopter, the name Todd Reichert gave to his invention, a flying machine in which the wings flap as the rider pedals, powering flight. The successful first flight, by Todd, is shown in a clip at the link. On a bike, if you get tired and stop pedaling, you just come to a stop. I dare say with this you wouldn't want to just stop pedaling though.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Sep 22, 2010

pretty cool! here is something you can pedal around on without getting doored too!!! 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 03:22 PM
i love you dumbfounded, you are the best sweetie! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/22/10 at 03:49 PM
Naming your aircraft "Ornithopter" is like naming your car "Car".

The video, obviously, isn't meant to be seen by us over here. A Cannuk secret?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/22/10 at 11:42 PM
It worked in IE...
I'm not convened that this is a functioning ornithopter. The wings "flex" and the pod bobs up and down but the "flexing" doesn't appear to be what is propelling flight and guidance. It appears to have been given a tow (don't want to spell that "toe" now) then allowed to glide for 120 meters.

Skeptic in Athens
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/22/10 at 11:53 PM
He didn't name it Ornithopter it was named "The Snowbird". Ornithoper is simply what it is.

As for the gliding comment I partial agree. While it is possible it just gliding that distance should be roughly calculable, if the total flight is significantly longer than a glide should be able to last then it should be evident that there is actual flight involved. Launch may be somewhat difficult for that thing as it doesn't appear to have wheels.
Posted by Virgil on 09/23/10 at 01:12 PM
how fast do you expect something that is named after what we call old northerers who go to florida for the winter to be? :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/23/10 at 01:15 PM
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