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Da Vinci’s Sketch Gives Birth to Smallest One-Man Helicopter

The world’s smallest one-man helicopter – GEN H-4($58,250). It is only 75-kilogram (165-pound). The GEN H-4 has a set of two rotors turning in opposite directions and can fly at a maximum speed of 50 kilometres (31 miles) per hour. According to the 75-year-old Yanagisawa, Since the concept of our helicopter came from Italy, I always wanted to take a flight in the birthplace of da Vinci, Why? Da Vinci’s sketch, dated in 1493 and discovered in the 19th century, shows a vertical flight machine. As in the drawing, the GEN H-4 has no tail(Pic check out more). Yanagisawa runs a company in Matsumoto(Japan), selling the helicopter. He has sold five units in Japan and two to US customers.




[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJqSt2fgpIc[/youtube]

A number of people have tried to make similar helicopters before. Below are some of the videos

PH – Personal Helicopter

Franz Schöfmanns self made one man helicopter at yearly meeting of the Igo Etrich Club Austria. Date 11. August 2007, flying place Krems LOAG.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHA8PlieHIg[/youtube]

Mosquito Air at AirVenture 2007

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlE2MHrPyuk[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr44Q8MQHL0[/youtube]

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