Is Human Flight Possible?

  1. Is human flight possible? I'm not talking about flapping your wings. I'm talking about flying like Superman. I think it's possible. Does anyone have an explaination? I fly all the time in my dreams and I feel like I could fly in real life. Please be serious about this post because I am.
     
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  3. Evo

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    No. But I'll let some other members respond before I lock this.
     
  4. Danger

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    The only mechanism of propulsion would be super-flatulence. Do you really want a fart of Kryptonian proportions let loose on our planet?
     
  5. Ivan Seeking

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    Watch this!


    Superman is supposed to fly based on powers that we don't understand. So the answer is, first, yes, we can fly like jetman, as linked above, and we could fly like superman if we discovered some means of flight that we don't currently recognize, but that allows flight like superman, but in the end it would just be another version of jetman - it would be based on some sort of technology. Beyond that we are into questions like, can God make you fly, and we can't go there; nor do we want to. :biggrin:
     
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  6. G01

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    I suggest you don't test your hypothesis that you can fly in real life. It could turn out bad.

    What you "feel" doesn't necessarily correspond to the truth. For example, I felt like I could sing, but I have been told otherwise.:rolleyes:

    (Evo, you must be having a boring Friday night to let this thread keep brewing.:biggrin:)
     
  7. You can take flying lessons...

     
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  8. Evo

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    Well, I was thinking that someone would explain from a practical standpoint that the human body is not aerodynamic and would pretty much defy known laws for a human to just lift off the ground and fly, especially without moving any body parts (like superman). Even a bird won't fly if it doesn't move.
     
  9. Yep, it is possible.

    Birds couldn't fly millions of years ago?
     
  10. Taking the OP's question seriously, I suppose a human could fly like superman while on another body in the solar system. A small moon such as Phobos for instance. The gravity is low enough that if you were to start out by walking then slowly increased your pace, you could eventually jump high enough to put yourself into temporary orbit around Phobos. If you jumped hard enough, you could possibly surpass escape velocity completely.
     
  11. edward

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    Some people will try anything;

     
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  12. Evo

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    Yes, once we get pass the issues of atmosphere and temperature. :tongue2: For that matter just stick him in outer space and give him a push to get him moving.
     
  13. Ivan Seeking

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    You can fly in a tornado. :biggrin:
     
  14. Just remember that originally, Superman could not fly as we see him do now, but only "leap tall buildings in a single bound."

    But what I would like to know is if anyone has any idea how he shaves?
     
  15. DaveC426913

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    Heat vision and a mirror?
     
  16. If he can cut/singe his own hair with that, makes me wonder how his eyelids fare during excitable dreams/nightmares...
     
  17. Danger

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    One issue of the comic that I have does indeed use that very approach that Dave suggested, with the mirror. In another, earlier, issue, it was stated that his hair and nails don't grow under a yellow sun.
     
  18. And don't drop acid.
     
  19. First thing that popped into my head.
     
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  20. rcgldr

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    My guess is somewhere between 250mph and 500mph would be fast enough that even a human body would make a descent wing, although some support may be required. It may have already been experience by a pilot ejecting from an aircraft during the short period of time between leaving the ejection seat and deploying the chute.
     
  21. Danger

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    It would indeed make a descent wing, but not a decent one. :biggrin:
     
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