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Plane with KFC Bucket Wings Actually Flies

by Conner Flynn
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Wings? Who needs wings on a plane when you can have two greasy chicken buckets? YouTuber and supergeek Peter Sripol wanted to see if a plane could fly with KFC buckets for wings, so he set out to prove it. Surprisingly, it worked.

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This is not some late April Fool’s joke. The science behind it is sound. Cylinders or spheres can actually be used to create lift if you make them spin a bit. The phenomenon is called the Magnus Effect. A good example of this is when you drop a basketball off a roof with some backspin and the ball travels in a parabolic arc. And that’s all the science my brain can handle right now.

It took many failed designs, but eventually Sripol and his team built a plane that they can fly. The actual flight starts at around the 11-minute mark, and it stays in the air for a surprising amount of time. Man, I really hope KFC starts making some toy planes now.

[via Digg via Sploid]



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