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Could it be possible for me to fly like an albatross?

Asked by rebbel (23532 points ) November 2nd, 2011

Suppose I made wings similar to an albatross’ wings and a body suit the same again to the albatross’ body (all in correct proportions and taking into account my body weight).
Assuming I could flap my arms/wings at the same speed as the albatross does, could I make it to the air?
Do I need a certain velocity?

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Blackberry's avatar

You may want to consult these guys. There are a lot of mechanics involved.

poisonedantidote's avatar

probably not , however you could probably build some kind of rigid glider with an albatross shape. Actual propulsion or sustained flight of any kind would he harder.

rebbel's avatar

@poisonedantidote That was actually really the first time I Laughed Out Loud because of an answer on Fluther!
Thank you!

Adagio's avatar

I don’t know about an albatross but you can Fly like an Eagle

jaytkay's avatar

You’re too heavy.

For example, an eagle might have a 6 foot or 2 meter wingspan, similar to a human armspan.

But the eagle will weigh 10 or 12 lbs (4.5 or 5.5 kilos).

Birds are extremely lightweight.

dannyc's avatar

Do not fly too close to the sun, however as you will surely melt.

ucme's avatar

Alas, I think any such venture would be doomed to failure.

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