maggiekb at July 8th, 2014 09:55 — #1
crashproof at July 8th, 2014 10:41 — #3
It's the ekranoplan of birds!
bwv812 at July 8th, 2014 10:42 — #4
I would love to know what 1950s sedans are 24 feet long... or are even that much larger than a modern car.
vrplumber at July 8th, 2014 12:07 — #5
According to Wikipedia, the longest sedan is the Rolls Royce Phantom, at just over 6 meters.
So, none of them, I guess?
Edit: I just found one at just over 20 feet: the 2005 Maybach Exelero Coupe
dacree at July 8th, 2014 13:13 — #6
The article said it was the size of a 1954 sedan. I think they meant it was comparable in overall size and not that its wingspan of 20'-24' was the same as a 1954 sedan. The longest production car was the 73-76 Cadillac Series 75 at 21'.
The bird in question is estimated to have been between 48 and 88 pounds.
strangefriendbb at July 8th, 2014 13:30 — #7
This article reminds of the cartoon Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor:
bwv812 at July 8th, 2014 13:43 — #8
What article? I didn't see anything in the WP about this.
Singling out a 1954 sedan makes little sense, as you might as well use a Toyota Camry or any number of modern cars as an equivalent. Of course, all of them weigh more than 88 pounds and are less than 24 feet in length, so I don't understand the comparison.
brainspore at July 8th, 2014 15:11 — #9
And they said the Spruce Goose would never fly.
crenquis at July 8th, 2014 15:53 — #10
Eyeballing at the accompanying graphic, the bird looks about 7-8 feet long which seems smaller than your average sedan.
hancocks at July 8th, 2014 17:59 — #11
andy_hilmer at July 8th, 2014 18:31 — #12
Or see any of a number of tiny postwar European "people's" cars.
crenquis at July 8th, 2014 18:38 — #13
The Bruce Museum has a link to a WSJ interview with the scientist:
Edit to fix video link
Edit to remove autoplaying vid
thelibrarian at July 8th, 2014 21:07 — #14
Make it stop! You've embedded an auto-playing video!
crenquis at July 8th, 2014 21:22 — #15
Didn't notice because I use flashblocking stuff
maggiekb at July 13th, 2014 09:55 — #16
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