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    Senior Member Atophy's Avatar
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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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    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
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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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    Some one just did it,
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...prize-15682369
    landing was the hard part
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    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Atophy View Post
    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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    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
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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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