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November 18, 2011 7:21 AM   Subscribe

If We Only Had Wings explores the long-held dream of personal flight, from da Vinci's gliders to the Swiss Jetman to the in-development NASA Puffin (man, do I want a Puffin). Since the article is from National Geographic, there is also a great photo gallery.
posted by blahblahblah (5 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
An imaginary personal flight device should be called Puffin' with an apostrophe. You know you have.
posted by resurrexit at 7:35 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Puffin looks like a piece of carry-on luggage with propellers.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:26 AM on November 18, 2011


The Puffin looks like a piece of carry-on luggage with propellers.

Should be easy to get that past TSA, right, Sys Rq?
posted by IAmBroom at 9:43 AM on November 18, 2011


Doesn't the Puffin design seem like bad ergonomics in that you are naturally looking down, not forward? To look forward, you have to do the standing equivalent of looking up, which would get to your neck fairly quickly.
posted by allelopath at 10:57 AM on November 18, 2011


Bill Plympton might have some words of warning here.
posted by Rykey at 3:37 PM on November 18, 2011


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