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Old 10-25-13, 10:29 PM   #1
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So call me a madman....

Wouldnt it be amusing to strap glider wings and a pedal powered fan/prop on a trike ? Swap a gear and it engages the fan/propellor instead of the rear wheel. How unfeasibly insane am I ?
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Old 10-25-13, 11:34 PM   #2
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I think madman is a good description.

There have been trikes hooked up to hot air balloons (and blower fans?)...

Or this (but I don't think you could do the same with human only power and easily lift a person and a trike):


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Old 10-26-13, 02:37 AM   #3
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Some one just did it,
http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...prize-15682369
landing was the hard part
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Been done years ago. Google the Gossmer Condor and the Gossimer Albatross. While not maybe a exactly a trike, they were man powered airplanes.
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Wouldnt it be amusing to strap glider wings and a pedal powered fan/prop on a trike ? Swap a gear and it engages the fan/propellor instead of the rear wheel. How unfeasibly insane am I ?
As Rydabent said, human-powered flight is a dream as old as Daedalus. Have fun watching:




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Human powered flight is hard enough without adding unnecessary dual-drive stuff. Now, attaching a trike to an I.C. powered ultra-light would be feasable...
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