Bird-Shaped Aircraft

The Macrobat aircraft designed in Africa looks like a bird.

bird-shaped aircraft

Phractyl, an African company, envisions an aircraft that can take off and land vertically, eliminating the need for runways and helipads, as well as the high costs associated with helicopters.

The Macrobat is a "near-vertical take-off and landing" or NVTOL aircraft with bird legs, tracked feet, and other strange things that surround the wings which appear a bit tiltable. The Macrobat is a uniquely African solution to a uniquely African problem.

It is assumed that the hip, knee, and ankle joints of the bird's leg contain very strong motors capable of raising, lowering, balancing, and tilting the Macrobat's fuselage.

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Macrobat appears to be a single-seater airplane with a payload capacity of 150 kg, a top speed of 180 km/h, and a range of 150 kilometers. According to Phractyl, the aircraft may be driven or remotely operated and may be used to transport passengers or freight as needed. This unique airplane may also be utilized for recreational flights, emergency medical care, medical evacuation, transit flights, and agricultural spraying.

Phractyl is working on a scale model prototype for which they are seeking funding.

bird-shaped aircraft

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