Flying Dutchman makes dream a reality, or is it a hoax? (update)
Wednesday 21 March 2012
A Dutch mechanical engineer claims to have succeeded in making a pair of wings which allow him to fly like a bird.
Jarno Smeets says he spent months working on his Human Birdwings project and this weekend managed to fly 100 metres after a short run to take off in a park in The Hague.
The 17-metre wings are modelled on the movement and structure of real bird wings and use two Wii controllers plus parts from a WTC smartphone, allowing Smeets to move his arms freely.
'This was the best moment I've ever had,' the engineer, who is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and his grandfather, said after landing.
Update March 22: Many people now regard the video has a hoax. Follow the discussion here.