The human-powered Gamera
Update May 12: It flew, briefly.
Update May 11: The attempt will continue on the 12th.
On May 11, a helicopter powered by a female pilot will attempt to slip the surly bonds of earth. Two years of development at the University of Maryland’s school of engineering has resulted in the creation of the Gamera, one-third the size of a football field and weighing 140 pounds. It has eight rotor blades, each blade system 42 feet in diameter.
You can read more and see a video here.
The events of last week brought to mind this old girl from a different era:
How do you quiet a noisy one-man band? You put five on the main, four on the tail, install a muffler, add forward-looking infrared and Loran-C just for spite—and get it all operational in 1972, albeit for a limited time and in a limited place—for a single mission. Who else but Hughes aircraft could do that? No one.
(Air & Space Magazine link updated September 2017)
Read the story in a March, 2008 article in Air & Space Magazine.
Hughes 500P Quiet One courtesy of Air & Space Magazine, March 2008