• The Snowbird is constructed mostly out of fiber, foam and balsa wood in order for it to be very lightweight.
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  • The wings of the Snowbird ornithopter are 105 feet across, comparable to the wingspan of a Boeing 737.
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  • The team prepares the Snowbird for flight.
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  • The record-breaking flight took place at the Great Lakes Gliding Club in Tottenham, Ontario.
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  • Todd Reichert trained daily in order to be strong enough to operate the ornithopter's wings with his legs.
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  • The Snowbird was designed to fly at just 16 MPH so it could remain airborne solely under human power.
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  • Reichert's flight lasted 19.3 seconds and spanned a distance of 159 yards.
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  • The flight was the first of its kind since the original designs for such a machine were sketched in the 15th century.
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  • A series of photos showing the Snowbird's wings flapping. Reichert pumped a set of pedals attached to lines and pulleys in order to operate them.
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  • The Snowbird team.
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