World's Smallest Helicopter

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By: Jaanki Dave

Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the famous 'Mona Lisa', was also an amazing inventor. Amongst other things, he designed several flight machines, including the world's first vertical flight machine or helicopter.

Now five hundred years later, a 75-year old Japanese man named Gennai Yanagisawa wants to pay tribute to the artist's idea by building the world's smallest helicopter and demonstrating it in da Vinci's hometown.

Called GEN H-4, the helicopter weighs 165 pounds and has two sets of rotors that turn in opposite direction to maintain stability. Its four engines allow for a flight time of thirty minutes at speeds not exceeding 60 miles per hour.

Mr. Yanagisawa plans to fly the helicopter in Leonardo da Vinci's hometown later this month. While the helicopter can fly as high as 165ft, he is planning to do three 10-minute flights at the height of just 17ft, so that people can take a better look at the gizmo.

So far, Mr. Yanagisawa has sold five Gen H-4's in Japan and two in the USA, for about $57,000 U.S. Dollars apiece. He is hoping that people will start to use them for their daily commutes back and from work. We think it would be a great way to get to school - don't you?

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Sources: telegraph.co, cnn news

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79 Comments
  • 🎗🎀🎗Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    That looks fun <3
    • parkerito
      parkeritoMonday, March 27, 2017 at 9:15 am
      i want one i wounder if i can get that insted of a car
      • kltoad
        kltoadThursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm
        I want one.
        • dogofan101
          dogofan101Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:16 am
          wow
          • frosteye
            frosteyeThursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:15 am
            wows right
          • sentinal101
            sentinal101Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:43 am
            wow, pure awesome!!! i love it!!!
            • sentinal101
              sentinal101Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:41 am
              holy baloney! wow just wow.
              • Eli GMonday, December 12, 2016 at 4:33 am
                oh mah goodness! pure awesome i love this!!!
                • abhijay21
                  abhijay21Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:07 am
                  OMG.........................WOW
                  • E778Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8:33 am
                    Wow
                    • omgFriday, June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am
                      omg