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This is a 4 winged flapping ornithopter, with two axeled pairs of
wings at the front and back of the body that are shaped like
exaggerated bird wings so that the cross section of each wing is an s
curve and the wing will allow a figure 8 flapping stroke, that allows
you to use the length and
weight of your body as a lever to perform
the down stroke with the front wings while the back wings are up
stroking, and then switch the fulcrum point so that you can use the
full length and weight of your body as a lever for the down stroke of
the back wings and the up stroke of the form wings.
With the right costume and gadgetry you could be a super-hero.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 13 2015]
||If I ever happen to win the lotto I plan to make a dragonfly variation of this. (+)
||You need to significantly reduce the weight of the craft to almost nothing in order to power it by human.
I'm leaning towards helium filled mylar pockets for the wing membrane, with a hollow framework and opposed flywheels for energy storage during glides. [link]