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The greatest toy ever invented. The engineering is awesome.

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This is a video presentation sent to me by a friend on the Left coast. I'm not presenting it as sales material. I have no horse in the race. I just found it fascinating. Enjoy it for what it is. (player.vimeo.com) More...

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spaarks
Serioously expensive toy.
piperJ367
Mike Zagorski 1
Got to be the best portable glider!
crayanderson
C Anderson 1
Nice piece of gear.
linbb
linbb 1
I did and looks quite nice other than the landing gear or legs used other than that think it should sell.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
At my age and condition a leg launch is not in the cards. There appears to be a couple of different models that go unexplained, some with a single wheel and skid plate. I've always imagined an airplane I could launch with a rubber band. :-)
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Novel use of bungees in there. Leg landing is definitely out more than once.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Even once is out of the question for me. Heheh. Might have to work on mt short field/soft field techniques. It's for certain a different kind of flying from my usual straight and level transport kinda flying.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
They say you don't need a chute for skydiving. You need it for skydiving- twice.
And then there is, a good landing is one you can walk away from. 8-)
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 3
Seems I've heard those bits if wisdom somewhere. I never paid much attention to parachute sayings. I never had the urge to jump out a perfectly good flying machine. I did tell Wilbur to keep it all simple cause someone else was gonna have to operate it later. He thought that was a good idea.
FrankHarvey
Frank Harvey 1
Due to Versailles restrictions Germany used bungee launches in primary flight training for future Luftwaffe pilots in the 1930s.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
As they say, there is nothing new under the sun. Although, someone had to be the first bungee inventor. Thanks for the history lesson.
spaarks
Seriously expensive.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
And just how expensive is it?
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
http://www.ruppert-composite.ch/en/verkauf/archaeopteryx-bestellen.html
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
I can't be calculating the conversion correctly. What do you come up with as a cost in USD for the "RACE" model? I thought Switzerland was using the Euro.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Nor can I. But I could tell 4 things: 1)I cant either, 2) I couln't fly it, and 3) can't remember the other one.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
But google can http://chf.mconvert.net/usd/87660
about 92 K USD.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
I found a converter on line. At 865.80 F per $1,000, it comes to $101,247.40. Dennis C was right. Seriously expensive toy.
mhlansdell00
Mark Lansdell 1
Good gravy, I can't remember what you just wrote. As for flyin' it, you just don't turn a 123 or an 130 that hard in normal ops, laded or empty

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