Real-life Nausiccä’s Möwe glider makes first powered flight

A decade after the OpenSky project began, Kazuhiko Hachiya and his team of engineers and artists can finally give themselves a well deserved pat on the back. Their dream of creating a working version of the glider seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (named Möwe) has come to fruition.

On 31 July, Hachiya uploaded the video titled “OpenSky3.0 trailer,” which shows the jet engine equipped M-02J taxi and take to the sky by its own power.

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Korea May Have Beaten the Wright Brothers to the First Flight by 400 Years

Anyone’s who’s played Trivial Pursuit has probably had to remember the names of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their famous first sustained heavier than air flight in 1903. The whole world is familiar with these American names.

However, according to a report in Chosun Daily, a major South Korean media outlet, the actual first “flying vehicle” my have been built in Korea 400 years earlier. It was reported in old historical records and used to rescue the lord during an attack by flying him an impressive 17km away.

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