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Old 08-16-2010, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Turtle Future of flight ?

Ok, I know this looks like some crazily dangerous stuff...actually it is but is there something here, could there be some way to adapt this into truly "personal" flight ? It definitely looks fuel efficient and darn fast

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...but, I'll bet the sudden sound of "ripping" cloth as one is plummeting downward has a VERY unsettling affect on the person wearing the suit.
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...but, I'll bet the sudden sound of "ripping" cloth as one is plummeting downward has a VERY unsettling affect on the person wearing the suit.
I Skydive but not BASE jump or use a wing suit. The reason I do not base jump is that there is only one parachute, and nano seconds to fix a problem.

Wing suit look like fun, however there are many malfunctions associated with the suit, like not being able to reach the main chute. Or the worst problem (which is what killed the inventor of the wing suit) sewing both the main and reserve parachute to the container, thus preventing any chance of sucessfully opening either parachutes.

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that looks like so much fun to fly like that. if i ever get cancer or another terminal disease i will be sure to learn how to fly a wing suit before i die.
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It definitely looks fuel efficient and darn fast
It may be fun and fast, but I don't think it's very fuel efficient. Consider how much energy it took to get to the top of the mountain. Now divide that into the distance traveled. I think it's probably on the order of gallons per mile instead of miles per gallon.
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...HUGE "pulse" upward for a SHORT adrenaline-rushed "glide" back downward.
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yes, but you can consider the upward climb as exercise :P

Yes, it's not probably too efficient...but what I wanted to underline is maybe some future possibility of an efficient, private flying device
Apparently some people already tried and successfully used some sort of jet packs for prolonging the flight..

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