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University of Toronto UTAIS Ornithopter No.1
 
The UTAIS Ornithopter No.1, which "flew" in 2006 was designed by the University of Toronto. The light No.1 used a small motor to power its flapping wings. Realizing that a motor wasn't enough to flap it off the ground, the designers also fitted the airplane with a jet engine booster to launch it into the air. The University claimed that most of the thrust was coming from the wings.
 
When the No.1 did its first test flight, it jumped off the runway for 14 seconds after the jet booster activated, traveled awkwardly for a third of a kilometer, nosed down, and crashed. The University claimed the test was a success.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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