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Questions tagged [ornithopters]

An ornithopter is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings.

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Is there a flexible “cloth-like” material that can be used as “skin” for a non-conventional wing?

I am in the very early stages of playing with the idea of an ornithopter derived aircraft. The intention is to be able to scale the resulting aircraft, to passenger (or useful payload) carrying ...
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Where can I find more details about how ornithopters work?

I learnt about the special helicopter-ornithopter which was put forward by Delft University. Its principle is different from a common helicopter and it doesn't need a tail rotor. But there is very ...
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Can planes flap their wings like birds?

Birds use their strong breast muscles to flap their wings and give them the thrust to move throught the air and fly. In a way, birds use a swimming motion to get the lift needed to fly. Plane wings ...