MSNBC today - 10 insane -- but very real -- flying machines
- Giant paper airplane: Fail. Come on… it was an 800-lb paper airplane. The key here is in the missing video (just lift and release) AND a review of the facts: 6 second flight that achieves a top speed of 98 mph. Granted they launched from outside Tucson… if released from a height of 4,000 ft, subtract 2,389 ft as the base elevation of the City = 1,611 foot instant nosedive!
- Back to the Future flying DeLorean: Oh please, where is the FF button! Ah, found the Stop instead. <yawn>.
- Hoverbike: We want it! Why is the Government stalling?
- Tacocopter: Interesting, but what about the noise? Will my taco still be hot?
- Remote-controlled flying shark: Great fun for chasing seagulls. Good design execution. Why can’t airline manufacturers make something like that? Flying that is both fun and predatory!
- e-volo multicopter: Again a good idea that is advancing on a concept.
- Breakthrough Quadrocopter: Very clever and useful.
- Flyboard jetpack: Phooey; worn-out watching it after the first minute. The problem here is obvious: Cut the Gordian knot!
- RC superheroes: Win! By far the most entertaining
- Terrafugia Flying Car: Clunky. Might be useful for those distant archipelagos and millionaire islands. If I won the Lotto, the money would be spent elsewhere.