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Awesome footage of this Dutch inventor flying like a bird goes viral [video]
Posted by on Mar 22nd, 2012

Slap yourself if you made a flying Dutchman joke.

Jarno Smeets, an engineer from Holland, has claimed to have invented a human powered aircraft that allows him to achieve bird like flight and he has test flight video footage to prove it. The custom-built wings are apparently powered using an Android phone and video game controllers, but still requires Smeets to flap his arms in order to take-off.

The video has gone viral and has recieved nearly 2 million views on Youtube since Tuesday.

Watch it…if you’ve ever tried to fly by flapping your arms as a kid then this video is gonna make you smile.

That’s awesome. His first attempt failed and you can watch all the videos HERE.

The video has drawn the attention of engineers and physics professors around the world who are having doubts about it’s authenticity. Even the dudes from Mythbusters have thrown in their two cents questioning why the video is such poor quality and why Smeets won’t subject the machine for testing or agree to interviews. The main issue seems to be centred around the flight loads and according to the smart okes..he doesn’t meet the criteria to be able to take off.

“British university educated engineer Jarno Smeets claims to have achieved birdlike flight with a set of man-made wings in a video that has spread rapidly around the internet.”

“In a video shot at a park in the Hague on March 18, Mr Smeets is seen using his arms to flap the wings as he appears to successfully achieve take-off, flight and landing.    

“I have always dreamed about this. But after eight months of hard work, research and testing it all payed off,” Mr Smeets said on his YouTube page.” [Telegraph]

Regardless of whether it’s fake or not that video was still rad.  Props to that Dutchman.
Smeets even has a full on website detailing his project HERE. Also he’s posted videos of the project from 6 months ago. Seems like a lot of work and effort to go through for it to be a hoax hey.
What do you think?
Real, an elaborate hoax or a clever marketing campaign?

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