1. Subscribersonhouse
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    08 Jul '14 17:49
    http://phys.org/news/2014-07-world-largest-ever-bird.html#ajTabs

    They didn't say how much it might have weighed but it had to be really heavy for a bird, I guess 30 or 40 Kg? How did such a monster get off the ground?

    Look at the fossil, that dude had serious teeth!

    Isn't that bigger than some small airplanes?
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    08 Jul '14 22:22
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://phys.org/news/2014-07-world-largest-ever-bird.html#ajTabs

    They didn't say how much it might have weighed but it had to be really heavy for a bird, I guess 30 or 40 Kg? How did such a monster get off the ground?

    Look at the fossil, that dude had serious teeth!

    Isn't that bigger than some small airplanes?
    The smallest manned aircraft I've heard of has a wingspan of 7.32 metres.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evans_VP-1_Volksplane
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    08 Jul '14 23:59
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    The smallest manned aircraft I've heard of has a wingspan of 7.32 metres.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evans_VP-1_Volksplane
    How about this one:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starr_Bumble_Bee_II
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    09 Jul '14 12:14
    Originally posted by forkedknight
    How about this one:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starr_Bumble_Bee_II
    It is smaller, but there appears only to be one of them - there are numerous VP-1's. Also it's a bi-plane. Nice post though.
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    09 Jul '14 14:441 edit
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    It is smaller, but there appears only to be one of them - there are numerous VP-1's. Also it's a bi-plane. Nice post though.
    So a 7 meter wingspan can support at least one person along with the weight of the plane so it doesn't seem unreasonable for a bird of that size to be able to fly. They said it could be as much as 7.3 meters wingspan so that puts it in line with a small plane.
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    09 Jul '14 22:53
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    So a 7 meter wingspan can support at least one person along with the weight of the plane so it doesn't seem unreasonable for a bird of that size to be able to fly. They said it could be as much as 7.3 meters wingspan so that puts it in line with a small plane.
    Bear in mind that a VP-1 has a 40hp engine.
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    09 Jul '14 23:33
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Bear in mind that a VP-1 has a 40hp engine.
    It must get good gas mileage for a plane🙂
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