Man's age old quest to design aircrafts powered by humans has received a boost with the Snowbird performing a sustained flight.

Leonardo da Vinci would have approved. Students from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) have created a human-powered aircraft with flapping wings that performed a potentially record-breaking flight for a distance of 145 meters for 19 seconds. The “Snowbird” has a wing span of 105 feet and weighs just over 90 lbs. The team working on it says that longer flights are feasible on their ornithopter.

Here’s a video of the Snowbird:

HPO The Snowbird from U of T Engineering on Vimeo.

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