Believe What You Want, We’re Not Buying this Birdman


When the first person submitted this story to us, we ignored it. Ditto for the second and third. After we got at least a dozen emails with this link, we’re still not buying it but, hey, you decide for yourself. Is it real?

Dutch mechanical engineer Jarno Smeets take off and fly just by flapping wings of his own invention. Want to know more about it? Read the story at gizmodo.com.

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73 comments
TheCheeseStandsAlone
TheCheeseStandsAlone

I believe its real hard! You can hear the motor on take off, once he got height he had to flap those wings to stay up. I would have done a dive bomb head first about half way through. My wings are out of shape, my beak is in the shop.

JWedbetter
JWedbetter

The best part is when he shits on the bus window.

Shaggyballz74
Shaggyballz74

23% of the people that watched this video will vote for Rick Santorum

MikekWackbag
MikekWackbag

No way.  Humans don't have the chest muscle mass to pull this off.  People have been trying it for THOUSANDS of years.

Assy
Assy

Also, the range of motion of a birds wings to generate lift is MUCH greater than this pair of rigid wings can achieve in order to get a 180lb human 60+ feet in the air this quickly. Maybe an assisted prolonged glide if he jumped from a bldg, but never a take-off like this. 

chipnicodemus
chipnicodemus

Those wings look like a pair of UCB Fred's hands that he draws. 

BadIdeaSociety
BadIdeaSociety

I don't believe this because, simply, if someone was able to do this there would be no end to the news media showing up to film him. I may be wrong and we will see another demo on some news program in the next week, but I sincerely doubt that this would work.

Moon Rocks
Moon Rocks

The biggest question in my mind is whether he got his inspiration from Seal or Steve Miller.

Usedtobefast
Usedtobefast

Total BS. Video angles show amateur editing, and altitude gain is unrealistic.

zecket
zecket

Here's an alternate version of the video (13/14):

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tKFOcHyrI

 

Check the video near 1:49 the camera awkwardly cuts down when they need to switch between the real guy and the CGI guy.  Also, there's a black box that miraculously appears on the right wing next to the big "S" logo in the CGI version that's not there in the real one.

TheBlancoNino
TheBlancoNino

fake. when he lands, the helmet-cam makes it look like he's staring down at the ground. but the wide shot shows him standing up and looking straight ahead. 

hachizzle
hachizzle

testflight 13/14 looks way more fake- check it out- plus every shot of it "working" the camera always pans down first then pulls up and the wings look way different.

Assy
Assy

If he really stuck his legs out straight he would have turned upright. Fake. His legs would have to hang since lift is "supposedly" generated at hus back and none at the feet.

jare215th
jare215th

yeah watch his legs and the flap above it, it moves by its self

Yuuuck
Yuuuck

Seriously?  Why  the shit are we even debating this?

ecupirate
ecupirate

YOu can see the rope at 27-30

Steve in Tampa
Steve in Tampa

Ya, he's not moving fast enough, his legs would just dangle.

cgiWizard
cgiWizard

you can see the CGI kick in around 0:32 when the camera is shaking.  Keep Avatar in your mind between 0:34 - 0:45, the 'cartooney' motion of it is obvious to anyone that is familiar with CGI.

Adam from IL
Adam from IL

my evidence is from :34 to :44 it looks fake as fuck

ElectricDave
ElectricDave

Fake as FUCK, the side shoot of him flapping his arms looks completely photo shopped

Pool Keepers Son
Pool Keepers Son

he was pulled by a car of some kind you can see the tracks at 0:58.....

bmqq316
bmqq316

Maybe he drank a bunch of Red Bull.

ecupirate
ecupirate

He does not have the speed to lift off

Steve in Tampa
Steve in Tampa

Why is this so crazy?  Marty McFly will hoverboard in just 3 years, has to start somewhere.

SpongeSteve
SpongeSteve

the only thing more annoying than this fake video is Dan Perlman's ridiculous accent

Beer
Beer

Didn't Steve miller fly like an eagle?

ElectricDave
ElectricDave

Fred is just hoping wings will catch on so he is no longer pressured by drawing his shitty hands

ecupirate
ecupirate

Hicks will be highin and try to fly one time

FanBoy1
FanBoy1

Hope it doesnt shit on my Car.

cal5000
cal5000

That looks fucking exhausting.

No thanks.

Pistol Pete
Pistol Pete

I will always believe a flying Dutchman

TwizzlesMcNasty
TwizzlesMcNasty

If this is real i need to start losing wieght and working on my cardio.

The Real Big Ed
The Real Big Ed

Man, I'd hate to be walking under that guy when nature called.

FLpro
FLpro

The Wright Brothers tried this even before they came up with the idea to add a seat and bicycle pedals...Boy are these Dutch behind with their inventions!!!

tommy-o
tommy-o

Normally, I would say it's fake... but the music in the video makes me believe anything is possible.