An amazing video called ‘Flying like a bird’ is going viral today of a guy literally flying like a bird with a pair of custom-made bird wings.
The video’s description, written by Dutch engineer Jarno Smeets, reads, “We did it! This weekend I flew a 100 meters with my selfbuilt wings. I used a GoPro-camera on my helmet to film the flight. I have always dreamed about this. But after 8 months of hard work, research and testing it all payed off. Enjoy!”
The video is, as you can imagine, quite awesome. It’s crazy to see a man flying through the air with humungous wings strapped to his arms. However, lots of questions have arisen as to the authenticity of the video. Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters writes, “The video of Jarno Smeets’ flight is cool, and I don’t see evidence that it was faked. It seems reasonable to accomplish, and is something I have wanted to try for a long time. I am suspicious because there is not much detail shown of the actual machine, but that does not mean anything other than they don’t show it all.”
GoPro has been tied to some pretty awesome hoax videos (remember the video of a seagull stealing a GoPro and flying away?) so it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Do you think ‘Flying like a bird’ is a hoax or the real thing?
Update [March 22, 2012] A comment from Ken Edwards on our Facebook page in response to the question “Do you think this video is a hoax?”:
“Faked – no detail shown / head shot and bird-eye – view of ground / long distance shot looked like GI Joe swinging from a kite or glider. There is a big prize for man powered flight and if someone could do Leonardo’s idea CNN and all the News agencies would have had the time of their lives.”
While no brand has stepped forward to claim credit for this (maybe it’s GoPro, or perhaps Nintendo Wii or the HTC Wildfire S android smart phone, both of which were used to power the wings) reports that it is a hoax have been rolling in, from Gizmodo to Live Science. Sorry folks, it still might be awhile before we can actually fly like birds…