Birdwings or Batwings?

While the rain won’t stop coming in ‘winter Holland’, I enjoyed myself looking at my modern day birdman heroes. Such as Batman!

Here’s an interesting short bit of text on the evolution of his cape.  I thought it was really cool to see how the imagination and visualisation of Batman’s wings made an interesting development. In the early days (comics)  you can see the DaVinci concept coming through clearly. But now, with filmdirector Christopher Nolan who re-designed Batman into a modern-day hi-tech genius, the wings become a memory cloth. Quite interesting.

And comes to think of it, am I making birdwings or do they resemble batwings more, like the early day Batman?

Here the early day Batman (1987) as in the original comics.

 

The Batglider makes Batman appear to have wings. It functions like a traditional hand glider, but built to resemble the wingspan of a bat. Batman hides these on select buildings throughout the city.

source: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Batglider

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The walkalong glider | Flying dreams

This is such a great video of Tyler MacCready (son of Paul MacCready, the famous aerontautical engineer). He designed a ‘walkalong glider’ which anyone can build. Even a kid could do it!

It explains a bit about aerodynamics and genius design of a paper/styrofoam airplane. He called it the Air Surfer and its magic is basically a very simple principle: controllable slope soaring.  He was ten when he came up with the design for this awesome toy.

There are actually a couple of great instructables (on www.instructables.com) on how to make this yourself. Here is one ‘howto’ with paper and here is one with styrofoam

 

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A short history of my inspiration

People always have been trying to fly in the same way as birds do. Beside my grandad, as I’ve posted before, there are more people who inspired me through the years. You guys all know Leonardo Da Vinci’s first flying machine sketches. And some of you might know Otto Lilienthal, who’s responsible for the kickoff in our history of aviation.

                  

A lot of people don’t know Da Vinci wasn’t the first. Almost 1200 years ago Abbas Ibn Firnas designed a set of wings which he intended to fly with. Many years later, around 1475, Leonardo Da Vinci designed his human powered ornithopter which in turn still inspires many other flying enthousiasts over the world. Both pioneers are big inspirators to me, because their dream wasn’t just a dream, but something they sacred believed in.
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