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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    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?
  2. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    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
  3. Standard member forkedknight
    Defend the Universe
    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
  4. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    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.
  5. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 Jul '14 14:44 / 1 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.
  6. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    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.
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    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