Friday, July 28, 2006

Three interesting ways to fly

The first is a tiny one-person helicopter. It is interesting because: a) It has co-axial counter-rotating blades, b) it has four engines, and c) It is so small (only weighs 155 pounds). You can find a short video here:

Gen H-4 video

You can find photos and specs, including a photo-essay on how to build one, here:

Gen H-4 site

Then there is the Manta Ray kite thing that you tow behind your boat. This got a lot of press lately because dozens of people got hurt using it in the U.S. and it was essentially banned. But it still looks like fun:

Manta Ray video

Then there were these personal helium balloons that I saw in NY city:

Snapple helium balloons

Each balloon is about 20 feet in diameter. You strap in with a harness and you could go as high as the tether would let you.

Still no personal flying cars a la the Jettsons, unfortunately. But air taxis are getting a lot closer:

Eclipse Light Jet OK'd

And of course, there's a one-winged F-15.
That little helicopter is very cool.
a bad way to fly

Blue angels pass out
This is the way to really fly as cheaply as possible.
Please one more post about that.I wonder how you got so good. This is really a fascinating blog, lots of stuff that I can get into. One thing I just want to say is that your Blog is so perfect
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