Human-powered helicopter breaks flight record

275x250.jpg A team of university boffins have set what is believed to be a new world record for human-powered helicopter flight, aided by a fit pair of legs.

50 students from the University of Maryland had worked to develop their human-powered helicopter, Gamera, which consists of four sets of two spinning blades.

The contraption is powered by a furiously peddling pilot who, for the record attempt was Judy Wexler, a 24-year-old biology graduate student.

But don't expect to see this as the future of personal transport any time soon… the record was hovering 3 to 5 inches off the ground for 4 seconds.

A spokesperson for the University of Maryland said: "The human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, achieved unofficial lift-off of 3-5 inches and hover time of approximately 4 to 6 seconds."

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