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Q&A Human elytra flying off a cliff

I imagined a person who's scapulae is overly developed and extruding outside the shoulder girdle like an elitra or fixed plane wings. They can be moved by shrugging the shoulders or rotated by rai...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Rhea‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by dsr‭

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Q&A Would it be possible for humans to fly with mechanical wings?

This is something I'm thinking about. Now, these would be wings that are not powered by the person themself, since we do not have the strength for it (and I don't want to use legs). They'd be power...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Jenny‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jenny‭

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Q&A What is the best form of powered vehicular flight within a McKendree habitat?

Background A McKendree cylinder is a spinning space habitat in the style of an O'Neill cylinder (below), but orders of magnitude larger. McKendree habitats are hundreds of kilometres in diameter a...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by rek‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by rek‭

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Q&A Would a life-bearing Earth-like world with 3g average gravity produce more or fewer flying creatures than Earth?

On one hand, heavier gravity would make flying more difficult, owing to greater weight restrictions on the flying creatures' bodies. On the other hand, the greater density of the atmosphere on ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by James Grossmann‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James Grossmann‭

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Q&A So, how do I put the extra muscle, needed for flight, into a large flying creatures like dragons?

I've been thinking about this the whole day. At first I thought it was an easy fix, given my dragon's bones have a tensile strength of 3-6.5 GPa and an elastic modulus of 50-140 GPa, depending on t...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A A dragon, a gryphon and a tengu are flying toghether. How can they actually communicate?

One problem, I think writers often overlook, is the problem of flying creatures communicating with each other. I call this the "I can't hear you over the sound of the f@cking headwind!" For my wor...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Can a "boneless" flying creature exist?

The creature was originally a human, altered by an external agent that basically remade its body (carbon based). The creature is roughly 2 meters and relatively light. It is humanoid and boneless, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ProjectApex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ProjectApex‭

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Q&A Flying commercial airliners with ground power?

A thought occurred to me, and I wondered if it could be made practical... This video talks about the possibility of electrical battery powered planes, and in short, while it may be practical to bu...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FlyingLemmingSoup‭

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Q&A How can a dragon take off to the air silently?

Imagine a dragon as tall as average adult horse with a wing span of 12m long measuring from tip to tip. I wonder what evolutionary traits or techniques could allow the dragon to lift itself off the...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Why would a bird have split wings?

On my world there is a creature that has a 'split' in the plumage of its wings and tail. Instead of having a singular D-shaped surface (when viewed from above, the bird facing to the left), it is ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How would a bird's flight change entering the zero gravity axis of an O'neil cylinder?

This question on space stack begins to tackle how a bird could fly inside an O'Neill cylinder, https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/27665/can-birds-fly-inside-an-oneill-cylinder. Here is the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Could you fly a Boeing 747 on Venus?

I have been making a future colonization scenario where people have vast colonies on Mars and cloud top bases on Venus. These things are unbelievably large. I've already thought of a way to travel ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Navigating a sea of sulfur hexafluoride

Sulfur hexafluoride is pretty awesome. It is a gas six times denser than regular air, and thus you can actually make tinfoil "boats" float on it. It also makes your voice deep when you breathe it i...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KeizerHarm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by KeizerHarm‭

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Q&A Aerodynamics of propeller vs screw/fin based aerial propulsion

Would it make sense to use screw- and fin-like bending surfaces for propulsion (like what eels or the king of herrings have but in the atmosphere) instead of regular propellers or even flapping win...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user72590‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user72590‭

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Q&A Would cold-blooded dragon be suitable for flying?

I am designing a cold-blooded dragon about the size of a house cat with a wingspan of 3 metres from tip to tip. It will climb on top of rocks at noon when there is ample sunlight overhead. I need i...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Scientific explanation for summoned creatures

Throughout the ages, The Summoners were a prominent family of mages (but technology is magic here), who possess the ability to call forth creatures from cards. Of course they can only summon creatu...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Could powered exoskeletons enable humans to fly?

I have seen people saying that humans can't fly even with wings because our arm muscles aren't strong enough. Given that one of the uses of powered exoskeletons is to increase strength, would th...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ajnatorix Zersolar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ajnatorix Zersolar‭

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Q&A Air resistance speed limits on a broomstick

I'm working on a tabletop roleplaying game about witches. I have most of the mechanics of broomsticks worked out, but I'm having trouble deciding on top speeds. Speed limits are not a result of how...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by pyrrhicPachyderm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by pyrrhicPachyderm‭

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Q&A Does gliding flight give any advantages to dragons in combat?

"They fly now?" "They fly now!?" "They fly now" One of the most iconic characteristic of dragons is their ability to fly, on top of that, my intelligent (human level) dragons also use a fu...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Could you make Bat wings shaped like the different kinds of Bird wings?

I've been designing an an intelligent, bat-inspired avian race, and I've been struck with a question that I need answered. Now, I want to have these bats to fulfill different types of ecological n...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A Optimal posture for hexapodal dragon while flying?

So, the dragons of my setting were inspired by several things, which include D&amp;D dragons, a mockumentary and Asian water monitors. Now, dragons look something similar to this: They glide for...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Would this dragon-rider combo be physically plausible?

Taking into account the some limitations of the square-cube law, biology, and aviation, I have tried to make a dragon-like creature and a hominid that participate in a symbiotic relationship. For ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cas‭

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Q&A Can a horse-sized flying creature grab and carry a human's weight while flying?

As you know, mythical animals like the gryphon, dragon, wyvern, roc, etc can carry things as they fly. For a big creature to fly, it either needs to massively increase the spread of their wings or...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A Can an Io-like world exist in such conditions to allow this character to fly?

This character has a set of dragonfly-like wings. These are not normal for her species, and would normally be something of a birth defect requiring amputation. But through liberal application of Cl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CAE Jones‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CAE Jones‭

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Q&A could a robot fly with powerful enough electromagnets?

The robot in question is a large, worm-like mining robot built for digging tunnels. It has electromagnets positioned throughout the segments of its body, for the purpose of pulling metals out of th...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cobbington‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cobbington‭

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Q&A Plausibility of Hexapodal Aerial Megafauna

How plausible is a six-limbed flying animal roughly the size of hatzegopteryx to be aerial? In this case, an aerial animal will be defined as a creature that solely inhabits the sky. I will call t...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by MintySoftboi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MintySoftboi‭

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Q&A Plausibility of Floating Whales

Ignoring the plausibility of their evolution and sources of food, could a whale-like creature which internally consists largely of hydrogen bladders/gasbags realistically stay aloft? If these cr...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Gryphon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Gryphon‭

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Q&A Large flying creature on super earth?

I am working on a habitable planet that orbits around a red dwarf star and it is about 1.5 times bigger and more massive than the Earth. Gravity there is stronger and the atmosphere is thicker. No...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Johnara‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Johnara‭

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Q&A Maximum scale for "bumblebee" flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocati...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Logan R. Kearsley‭

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Q&A What changes to a planet would be necessary to allow the realistic flight of a gryphon with a human rider?

How would a planet need to be changed (gravity, air pressure, air makeup, etc) to allow for the realistic flight and take off from a small hill of a gryphon with a human rider? You can assume the ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Gryphon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Gryphon‭

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Q&A Would a flying, human sized species from a planet smaller than Earth be stronger, as strong or weaker than humans?

I'm working on a sci fi story where one of the species has batlike wings and comes from a moon around the size of Titan with roughly the same atmospheric pressure as Earth. Initially, I thought the...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wayward Astronaut‭

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Q&A What would be the wingspan and lifting surface area for a 5kg canard-configuration squid glider?

I need my jet-propelled squid to be an efficient glider, something similar to an albatross but he's built in the canard configuration like a real flying squid (below). His combined weight is 5 k...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭

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Q&A Viability of Fixed-Wing Biological Flying Creatures?

How plausible are naturally-evolved, biological, fixed-wing flying creatures? Could such a creature plausibly evolve in Earth-like conditions? If so, what method would it be most likely to use fo...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Gryphon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Gryphon‭

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Q&A The Four-Winged Angel

One of the Stack Exchange's most popular topics is remaking mythological and fantastical creatures with realistic, believable anatomy. Usually, the answers go that for an angel's anatomy to be bel...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Anatomically Correct Propellers

NOTE: I previously asked the same question regarding wheels, because I thought that the answers would still help me and that wheels were more applicable to a wider audience than propellers. However...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by overlord - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Could you fly airplanes on Jupiter?

Perhaps you've flown in a plane on an especially cloudy day when all you can see are clouds beneath and above you. It's a beautiful sight, strata'd white all around. So what if the plane were flyin...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Green‭

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Q&A What clothes would flying-people wear?

If there were people with wings, who didn't want to be naked all the time, what clothing could they wear, without it interfering with their flying? Note: I am assuming arm-wings, like birds, but y...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Master Chef‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Master Chef‭

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Q&A Telekinetic Vacuum Balloons?

Generally, when someone uses telekinesis to fly, it's either by riding an object that can be levitated, or by applying the power to their body. Would there be any advantages to alternative techniqu...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CAE Jones‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CAE Jones‭

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Q&A Would a steam powered plane be able to cross the Atlantic ocean?

In a world where the development of internal combustion engines had been seriously delayed (for whatever reason), would it have been possible to power heavier than air aircraft by steam propulsion?...

15 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A How can a vertebrate animal evolve for extended flight before living on land?

How could a vertebrate animal evolve for extended flight before evolving land adaptations? Is that even possible at all? By extended flight, I mean breathing air and spending most of their time in...

10 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by lijat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by lijat‭

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Q&A The characteristics and effects of high speed rotating domes

I'm currently designing a world for a story that I'm writing that is based on a system of magic that deals with barriers, specifically domes. To get to the point one key characteristic is that thes...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bacom15‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bacom15‭

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Q&A Can a feathered wing be also compliant?

So, to quote pterosaur.net: Unlike the wings of birds, the wings of pterosaurs would have tended to change shape under aerodynamic load - something often referred to as 'passive cambering'....

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A What are the consequences of using limited anti-gravity for steampunk-style airships?

The Scenario: Airships are awesome, but in the real world airship design is greatly constrained by the problem of lift. It seems like this, above all else, is what makes the elegant and compact s...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Random‭

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Q&A Could a hexapodal bat actually fly?

Sequel to this question. Basically, I've been designing an intelligent avian race based on bats. After reading through some of the answers for the linked question, I've decided that these bats wil...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A Could a living tube kite creature evolve/ exist?

On Deviantart I found a sketch of this creature: It's called a "flying tube beetle" or more often a "flying lampshade". Think of it like a living tube kite that makes its own tether and catches w...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Joe Smith‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Joe Smith‭

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Q&A Actual scientific requirements for human flight

I want to make a human able to fly, much as Superman or any other superhero can (meaning without wings or any other non-human physical characteristics), but respecting the physical laws otherwise. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Armitage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Armitage‭

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Q&A How big would my character's wings realistically be?

I'm not a professional at world building or character building, still starting out, but I do want to make an attempt at having my fantasy character be somewhat realistic. He's 11 years old, 4.8 f...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jayssa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jayssa‭

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Q&A Armor design for bird people? | Gliding

So, there are birdpeople/birdfolk in my setting. They're ~170 cm tall bipedal humanoids with a pair of functioning wings, slightly below the shoulders. They're covered with feathers, except for the...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Can birds evolve without trees?

I wonder whether the birds or other flying animals heavier than air could evolve without trees of other protruding objects?

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anixx‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Anixx‭

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Q&A Foldable, multipart helicopter blades

What would it take to build helicopter blades that can fold in several parts? This is the continuation of a question on Aviation. Unfortunately, there have been no use case for this for existing h...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Eth‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Eth‭

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