"Leonardo Da Vinci's dream realised: Canadian inventors achieve world’s first man-powered helicopter flight"
It is one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous inventions – that was never thought possible. But half a millennium after the Italian genius sketched the first plan for a man-powered helicopter, his dream has finally become a reality.
A team of engineers in Canada has completed the first successful flight of a helicopter using nothing but human brawn, and in doing so claimed a $250,000 prize fund.
The aircraft uses spools of string, drawn in by a pilot pumping the pedals of an otherwise fairly ordinary bicycle, to turn four massive – but very light – rotors.
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Edited by seeder, 14 July 2013 - 07:46 PM.