10 insane -- but very real -- flying machines

Chances are, you recently saw a video ofa man who appeared tofly using a contraption that allowed to him to flap his wings like a bird.That video turned out to be a hoax, but there are definitely some real flyingmachines out there that are just as crazy.

Giant paper airplane
Tucson’s Pima Air and Space Museumcreated this massive Arturo Desert paper airplane, which weighs 800 pounds andhas a wingspan of 24 feet. Recently, the plane was hauled by a helicopter to analtitude of about 4,000 feet before being released – resulting in a six-secondflight that reached speeds of 98 mph. No word yet on whether or not themilitary plans to weaponize it as a means of inflicting catastrophic papercutson enemy forces. Cubiclebot

Back to the Future flying DeLorean
YouTuber native118 created this awesomecustom-built flying quadrocopter modeled after Doc Brown’s DeLorean from "Backto the Future." Besides sporting LED lighting effects and intricate detail rightdown to a tiny Mr. Fusion, the model features stabilization control powered byMultiWii, a HobbyKing 12A BlueSeries speed controller, and Turnigy 2204-14Tmotors. Unfortunately, this isn't a commercial product, so you won't be able tosend your action figures back in time on a mission to tell your mom not tothrow away all of your original Star Wars toys. Nerd Approved


Australian Chris Malloy has made himselfan actual hoverbike that he claims can achieve speeds of 173 mph and altitudesin excess of 10,000 feet. Of course, the prototype falls a bit short of thatmark, having only gone so far as to hover 3 feet while tethered to the ground.So don't expect to be blazing through the forests of Endor anytime soon – or,as Malloy suggests, using it for "aerial cattle mustering." Still, Ihave confidence that flying cowboys will one day roam the plains. Hoverbike via Nerd Approved


The company behind the Tacocopter has asimple dream – to allow customers to order tacos via their smart phone, andhave said tacos delivered via an unmanned drone helicopter. But before you getexcited about the prospect of flying tacos delivered straight to your door, theplan has a few major obstacles to overcome. For one thing, the government doesnot currently allow UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to be used for commercialpurposes. In addition, there would be a number of logistical hurdles, includingavoiding birds, balconies, telephone wires, delivering food to people indoors,delivering food to the right person and protecting the Tacocopters from beingattacked by animals and hungry, impoverished college students. Tacocopter via That'sNerdalicious

Remote-controlled flying shark
Needless to say, the lifeguards at yourbeach are completely unprepared to handle a predator of this magnitude. Theflying shark is the deadliest creature on land and sea and air. And you canpurchase one to do your evil bidding for only $99. Nitroplanes

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e-volo multicopter
It looks like something straight out ofthe margins of one of da Vinci's notebooks, but this German-designed e-volomulticopter is touted as the possible future of flight – a device that can be piloted "assimple as a car." The aircraft isequipped with 16 tiny propellers driven by independent electric motors,and the lithium batteries would allow for 10 to 30 minutes of flight dependingon payload and battery capacity – expending roughly $10 worth of electricity inthe process. It's also purported to be fairly safe, and can land even if fourof its motors fail. There's also an option of installing a safety parachute. e-volo via Nerd Approved

Breakthrough Quadrocopter
Mark Cutler and Jonathan P. Howe havedeveloped the first quadrotor drone with variable-pitch propellers, making itpossible to do all kinds of aggressive acrobatics. Full-size helicopters havethis capability, too, but are not able to match this kind of preciseperformance. That is, unless you have a pilot with aridiculous amount of skill. The real action in the video begins ataround 1:20. Hack A Day

Flyboard jetpack
We seen all kinds of jetpacks in thepast, but not one that essentially turns you into human dolphin. On thisjetpack, the engines are attached to your feet with a steering mechanism onyour hands Iron Man style – making it possible to perform crazy maneuvers likediving in and out of the water. But the best news is that you won't need TonyStark money to enjoy it as the basic Flyboard will set you back around $6600. Zapata Racing

RC superheroes
Earlier this year, in order to promote the superhero flick"Chronicle," 20th Century Fox teamed up with viral advertising firmThinkmodo and launched three human-shaped RC aircraft into the skies in an attemptto troll NYC. In the end, though, witnesses to the event probably thoughtimmediately about the Superman reboot (or preparing for an alien invasion).Still, it's a clever idea. Nerd Approved

Flying car

Terrafugia Flying Car
In the never-ending quest to develop aflying car, we have resorted to folding up an airplane until it becomes streetlegal. Still, the Terrafugia Transition has been approved by the FAA (with aspecial exemption) and pre-orders are currently being accepted. In order topilot one, you'll need $279,000 and 20 hours of flying time to get your lightsport aircraft license. It also has no airbags, crumple zones or roll cage – nosafety features in general. What could go wrong? Terrafugia via CubicleBot

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