Ornithopter - rubber band type

An ornithopter is a flying machine that flaps its wings like a bird. In this case it gets its power from a special rubber band, the type specifically for lightweight flying machines like this one. See it in action in the video below.

Flying away - wings down.
Ornithopter flying away with its wings down.
Flying away - wings up.
Ornithopter flying away with its wings down.

Flying towards - wings down.
Ornithopter flying towards with its wings down.
Flying towards - wings up.
Ornithopter flying towards with its wings up.
Launching the ornithopter is done by tilting its nose up slightly and giving a gentle nudge while releasing it.

Launching the ornithopter.
Launching the ornithopter by angling it up slightly and giving a gentle push.

Below are some photos showing more of the mechanism with wings up and down. Notice the rubber band and the cranking mechanism at the front of the wings.

The mechanism - wings down.
The ornithopter's rubber band and cranking mechanism with the wings down.
The mechanism - wings up.
The ornithopter's rubber band and cranking mechanism with the wings up.

Below the photos show just how much the wing material changes shape while moving. More of rear part of the rubber band is also visible.

The wing material with wings down.
The shape of the ornithopter's wing material with the wings down.
The wing material with wings up.
The shape of the ornithopter's wing material with the wings up.

Video - Ornithopter - Rubber Band Wing Flapping Flying Machine

In this video you can see my ornithopter actually flying.

Video - How to Make an Ornithopter (Rubber Band Type)

In this video I show you ste-by-step how to make an ornithopter.

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