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Know what an ornithopter is? Neither did I. It’s an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. Todd Reichert — an engineering student from the University of Toronto — flew for 19.3 seconds, becoming the first person in history to achieve this feat. The aircraft weighed 92.59 lbs and Todd had to lose 18 lbs during a one-year preparation for the flight.

For more and to watch a video of the contraption, click here.

 

 

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Carlo Alcos

Carlo is the Dean of Education at MatadorU and a Managing Editor at Matador. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

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