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Post  GarethG Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:48 pm

I am posting this here as I am not too sure where it should go, mods feel free to move it as you see fit:-

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080928/tod-france-britain-aviation-offbeat-6058bda.html

I thought it might interest some of you as I remember a few posts about the pedal powered airships on BG
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Post  Smaggers Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:53 pm

Such a shame he didn't manage to pull it off, especially after captain jet-pack had succeded so recently, it would have been a great one-two for eccentric aviation.

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Post  Prof. George of Chaos Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:13 pm

Hold on, his machine works well enough to fly halfway across the Chanel and back (which, if I were to ignore the fact that weather can be different in different places, might raise a question or two...) and we're calling this a failure?

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Post  Mr. Ethan Grammatikidis Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:24 am

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:Hold on, his machine works well enough to fly halfway across the Chanel and back (which, if I were to ignore the fact that weather can be different in different places, might raise a question or two...) and we're calling this a failure?
Yahoo News wrote:Unfavourable winds on Sunday forced a Frenchman to abandon his latest attempt[...]
Looks like he had a following wind on his way back. I'm not sure what you meant by the weather comment but the Straits of Dover are very narrow, not much room for the weather to vary from one side to the other. As to it being a failure, perhaps unfortunately that's the way the world works. A known reason for failure is not the same as success since the territory beyond the fail point may bring unexpected surprises. Still, the half-achievement does mean that perhaps the same man with the same equipment may very well succeed another time, with a more favourable wind.

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