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MocOlympics Round 1 "Wind" . Ornithopters Because science can go jump off of a cliff. . MocOlympics Round One Opponent: Everyone Category Chosen: Wind Obligatory Link to the MocOlympics Hompage. Tensions rise throughout the European continent as what appears to be the greatest war the world will ever see looms on the horizon. A massive arms race, fueled by the industrial boom of the Nineteenth Century, has begun. The government of the Iron Reich, in an attempt to counter recent British naval developments, awards a contract to Van Klampf Industrial to design and produce revolutionary wind-borne ornithopters. These aircraft will preform dirigible-launched reconnaissance missions, with the possibility for anti-submarine torpedo operations should initial tests prove successful. The VK1 model, according to specifications, can fly at speeds of up to a nearly unimaginable one hundred kilometers per hour - Five times that of conventional military dirigibles! This superior maneuverability will undoubtedly give Germany the edge in the field of battle. Pictured: Otto Van Klampf For those of you who don't know, an ornithopter is an aircraft that flies strictly by flapping it's wings. Various engineers in history have tried and failed to create such a device. The Ornithopter was limited to fantasy until August 2, 2010. The VK1 Ornithopter uses a revolutionary new diesel engine to provide the power to it's wings. A rotary oscillator increases and decreased tension of the flight wires to move the wings in a bird-like motion. The idea behind this prototype is that the actual flying mechanism separates from a cart after gaining speed while rolling down a ramp. When maximum velocity is nearly attained, the wing motor starts up and begins flapping. As for landing gear on this prototype..... About three kilometers off the end of the acceleration slope there is a small lake. Two alternate methods for launching ornithopters from off-land craft include harness-dropped dirigible launches and large, diesel powered winch cables to accelerate the aircraft off the deck of naval vessels. The inherent limitations with the zeppelin launch include the large altitude needed for the ornithopter to drop to gain lift and the difficult task of reattaching in-flight. The naval option requires the construction of a Dreadnought of previously unheard-of dimensions. Whoever named the Vomit Comet clearly never rode in a diesel ornithopter "Aim for the lake, aim for the lake, aim for the lake...." Please excuse the terrible GIMP job. I was pressed for time. Good luck all!

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