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    • CommentAuthorharmless
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008 edited
    It seems as though she might be. At least, that appears to be where she learned how to build a helicopter.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008

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    Christ on a crutch!
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
    Oh, wow. I love it.
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    I don't know what the people in the comment section are talking about, it certainly looks like the same (marvelous) machine in both videos.
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008 edited
    The Shadow had an autogyro which is what I think KK has (powered by steam!) -
    ©2007 MwKaluta
    And I think the first video is indeed one.
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    That second video looked none too steady, to me. Personally, don't think I'd want to go up in something that has a tendency to occassionally fly backwards and then spin in circles a few times...
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    My god Oo that's incredible.
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    I'm pretty sure that the flying backwards and spinning was the pilot showing off, rather than lack of control. Check out the precision he has when he shoots straight up, and then comes back down to a stop inches from the ground. It's a very stable hover with barely a hint of wobble.

    Also- want! Plus a good set of earplugs.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008 edited
    It looks like 2 different vehicles. If they are 2 videos of the same vehicle, they have modified the vehicle considerably between shoots. The 2nd vehicle does not have wheels, is capable of VTOL and has a different pilot position from the first vehicle.

    Even so, both vehicles look pretty cool, although I'm a little dubious as to the size and speed of the rotors in the second vehicle giving enough lift, and the fact that it was flying so close to overhead lines. It could be a well made hoax.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
    Outstanding. I sure hope it is not a hoax.
    • CommentAuthorBooalready
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008
    I doubt it's a hoax.

    Never got that far off the ground and never reached such great speed, but my pop has made three human powered hover craft in my lifetime. Pedaling to power the engine (and no whirligigs either, those are mad cool though). Bet if that weren't the case he's have broken more limbs by now. He's gone to three movies since I've known him. One was Star Wars and I don't think he paid much attention to that after the hover craft made an appearance.

    Every mad tinker I knew growing up did pay attention to power lines and such details but usually not so's the popo/loved ones wouldn't be nervous. The vid looks like a pretty vacant area. That'd be perfect.

    And now all this has me thinking I should call him. Says if I will learn the physics of it, he'll go ahead and patent and it'll be his legacy to me. Probably too late, maybe not, it is slightly different.

    In any event, when I first saw KK tooling around on one it did not at all seem outlandish. Thanks for these links to the flying man, will pass them along.