How would a bird the size of a boat get airborne?


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#3

It's the ekranoplan of birds!


#4

I would love to know what 1950s sedans are 24 feet long... or are even that much larger than a modern car.


#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


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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.


#7

This article reminds of the cartoon Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor:


#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.


#9

And they said the Spruce Goose would never fly.


#10

Eyeballing at the accompanying graphic, the bird looks about 7-8 feet long which seems smaller than your average sedan.


#11

JATO units.


#12

Or see any of a number of tiny postwar European "people's" cars.


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The Bruce Museum has a link to a WSJ interview with the scientist:

Edit to fix video link
Edit to remove autoplaying vid


#14

Make it stop! You've embedded an auto-playing video!


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Done.
Didn't notice because I use flashblocking stuff


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