The dream of Icarus
has been one shared by many throughout history. University of Toronto Engineering
students made history
this week when they successfully flew a human-powered aircraft with flapping wings continuously. The flight of the Snowbird
is beautiful to watch. [more inside]
R.I.P Paul B. MacCready
Paul MacCready, inventor of the Gossamer Condor
, the first human powered heavier-than-air aircraft, and the Gossamer Albatross
, the first human powered aircraft to cross the English Channel, has died, according to AeroVironment
, the company he founded.
"You can do all kinds of things if you just plunge ahead," he said in an interview with Science in 1986. "It doesn't mean you're any good at them, but you can be good enough."
One three-meter wing + four model engines + one crazy Swiss dude = Yves Rossy, the world's first jet-powered flying man
built the Curtea de Arges Monastery
. According to legend,
he couldn't complete the work without sacrificing someone dear to him, and his hubris upon completing the work lead him to a tragic end. It's a touching story, and now you can play the game.