First test with wings!

The wings did their job! The stakes were high for me, so I was disappointed that I only made a tiny hop in the air. But it worked!

While I was getting bored with the bad weather, I tried the wings in the factory floor below my workplace earlier. And that tiny pre-test proved that I could go outdoors to try the real thing. Although the weather this week didn’t look good at all! Yesterday in the afternoon the sun returned for just a couple of hours. So I prepared the wings with my crew a.s.a.p. and jumped in the van to the testinglocation.

Here it is guys. Enjoy!

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105 thoughts on “First test with wings!

  1. It’s such a blatant fake. How convenient that just before he begins his takeoff….the camera points to the ground and then is cross faded into another shot of the grass and upon it’s return to the area where the real guy and wings were…is not a cgi created wing and rotoscoped man running.

    Then….as if that wasn’t enough…..after the “flight”….the camera dips down AGAIN….and miraculously…..the real guy reappears. I’ve seen better magic from the clown at a children’s birthday party.

    You think this is funny….but you’re wasting everyone’s time. I’m guessing this all started with the term….The Flying Dutchman.”

    Your hoax will soon be revealed to the public. You know it….and I know it.

  2. Congratulations. Haven’t a clue on how to do it but leg power would help you stay up longer.
    I know you want to the first human bird but you might consider another person that is physically equipped to fly. Light body, great cardio, high strength and endurance. Maybe Lance Armstrong. He is swimming and has the heart of a hummingbird!
    Good luck, we are all pulling (flapping) for you.

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  4. I’m guessing it’s much tougher to flap when in air, vs, the ground and thus why the pilot stopped flapping as much once in air. I’d work on some sort of leg based flapping motion, you’re arms will tire out way too soon. (ie bicycle motion->flapping)

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  8. Am I the onlyone that see that it is a great 3D compositing !? The work is well done but there is still some clues about the 3D. Rotosoping have been done on to project the crew shadow on the wings…

    Well done, but next time, pleae post a long video without editing or cuting the shooting from preparation to the flight. And stay focused on the guy, or maybe shoot with at least 3 cameras with different point of view. And with the go pro camera, please, orient it in a way that we could see the guy + the wings ;-)

    By the way, it is a very Great job !

    • Or perhaps they had no intention to make the video a promotional campaign so they can use it to advertise their product in the mass media.
      Now I realize why the alleged “faster than light neutrinos” discovery was received with so great skepticism, they forgot to use at least 3 cameras with different point of view to film their experiment.

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  16. Good work, nice initiative ….

    But this movie is fake, sorry to say that :o /
    Why move camera to the ground when going backwards?

  17. Your glide ratio is too low. Wings need to be larger. Carbon fiber rods and material like dyneema would help them be lighter.
    You need to charge mechanically-stored energy on the ground before takeoff to have a better start.
    Use a slope of atleast 10 degrees, and find a thermal quickly(plan for one).

    A large prehistoric bird of 170 lbs used slopes, winds, and thermals to soar. I suggest you do the same if you want to get anywhere.

  18. for all you that are saying this is a fake/fraud keep your comments to yourselves….if you’re not going to congratulate him for his efforts or offer advise that may be useful just go to your little corner and weep knowing you will probably not accomplish what he may in your miserable excuse of a life.

    now that that is said i think that yes your wings might need to be tuned a bit but the most important thing is to not stop flapping. after watching the video a few times i noticed that you stopped flapping once you lifted off the ground. once you have the mindset of flapping i think your few feet of flying/gliding can be increased dramatically

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  22. Hallo,Jarno!

    can You tell as moore about Yours feeling at firs take-offs?
    \stability,controll…atc\

    on the video You are started like a BIG BIRDs do !

    good healthe,Henryk.

  23. Great work guys! It looks hard (heavy) to flap the wings. The wings looks short in proportion with driver. You should flap harder on during take off. or, maybe you can make a power-assisting system to do this.

    Kudos! I hope to hear more!

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  25. You should redesign your control, it’s look like, that you can’t really control the wing tips. Also the flapping angles seems too flat.
    Nice mechanics, but the wing looks flimsy, some more ribs, a thicker airfoil shape and the foil tight strongly.
    Also for your own security : think about a mannequin (dummy) with rc control instead of yourself. (also join the ornithopters at rcgroups).

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  30. That was nice. But I think you’re missing a tail. Birds use their tail to glide up and down while flipping their wings. Same as when choppers and planes use theirs to steer.

  31. Put on some rollerblades, find a paved hill, head downhill so you pick up more speed, fire your cameraperson and get someone who can keep the lens on you at all times, post a real, unedited, unaltered video, and maybe, just maybe, people won’t regard you as a fraud. Until then, this citizen of Canada (where man’s first powered flight took place, before Kitty Hawk) will side with the not so easily fooled crowd.

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  35. I say that was a success indeed!
    I don’t want to bore you with all my ideas because you may not want to read about them, but the 2 main things I see can be improved and I would like to share with you are the length of the flapping depth –if you can flap the wings deeper, I’m sure you’ll gain enough power for a proper take-off (the length of the flapping you have at the moment is similar to, say, what a seagull needs to gain some height once airborne), and the drag generated by the tail –if you can have it up somehow so that it doesn’t cause that much drag, it will definitely improve your chances.
    May I ask, what are you going to do with your legs once you are flying? As I’m sure you know, our legs are the heaviest of our limbs and will be dangling during flight unless you have thought of a way to keep them up.

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  41. Firstly this is so AWESOME!!!

    air Flight Powered by Arms is SICK!

    kiss the SKY! Like LAPUTA!
    excellent Work Can’t wait for Real Take OFF!

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  59. Congratulations Jarno! You made history yesterday! I have the idea that January 19 will come to be celebrated far and wide. The spirits of your grandfather, Otto Lilienthal, Gabriel Poulain and dare I say Leonardo himself are smiling broadly today. I am certainly celebrating your glorious accomplishment! “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” -JFK You are living each day in pursuit of a difficult and challenging dream that has captivated humanity for centuries. Sure there will be critics, those who will have many ideas about how to improve upon the great work you’ve done. If it fits, take what they say and use it to make your birdwings stronger and even more bird-like. Keep your safety first and foremost. You are a HUGE role model for my students and will be for tens of thousands more in the coming weeks. I am going to find the means to create my own heron wings and join you in the not too distant future. Then we can get a whole flock together. We’ve had several snow days here in the Pacific Northwest, but I know my students will be thrilled to see you take-off when we get back to school on Monday. Thank you for dedicating your talents to this lofty goal!

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  70. Cool, but I think you should rework the engine. Human body is not optimised toward that sort of body motion (try rising some weight in that position). Instead I think you should try to reposition arm position, in order to use different groups of muscles.

    Good luck in future!

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    • too many stupids that never stop their “bla-bla” will strike again… If we answer each it’s going to be an endless job .
      THIS IS A GREAT EVENT THAT A MAN CAN FLY ONCE WITH HIS “OWN ” WINGS .
      This has been my dream for years, too late for me to try because of my health nowadays…
      J whish him better and longer flies.

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  74. Are you kidding me? FAKE! Your CGI work is pretty good but far from perfect. You can’t even get the continuity of your CGI model right. If you are trying to do this to raise money, you should be arrested for fraud.

  75. Very cool! I don’t understand why you’re not using a hill with a 10-20 degree slope for launch, since this will give you many newtons for free.

    Also, your legs appear to be aerobraking at all points during flight. Have you considered adding footholds to your pack? J-shape would probably be best for quick removal.

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  83. HUURRAA !!!
    -\polsh cray ,when experiment is with suckces\.

    I have not anoth english words…

    МОЛОДЕЦ !!! \in russian\

    my and auer CONGRATULATIONS!

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