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Human Powered Helicopter World Record Flight

Human powered flight is incredibly difficult—we’re pretty dense as compared to birds, and don’t have the wings yet. Human powered helicopter flight is even harder, though a team from the University of Maryland seems to have set a new world record of 50 seconds as shown in the video above. It’s barely hovering, but it is off the ground. And I can’t be the only person to appreciate the namesake behind the Gamera II.

Read more from MSNBC:
A team at the University of Maryland has blown away a long-standing (or long-hovering) record for human-powered flight. A Japanese team stayed aloft for 19 seconds in 1994, and no one has been able to do better until Thursday, when the Maryland team stayed aloft for 50 seconds. They fell just short, however, of the 60 seconds required to qualify for a decades-old $250,000 prize.


  1. scottJune 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I’m curious why the helicopter didn’t stay aloft. Was the pilot unable to keep the needed cadence or something else? For 250,000, if it was the pilot….get a new pilot! :)

  2. paulJune 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    get a track racer on that thing!

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