A team in Japan are hoping pedal-power will beat the world record for a human-propelled plane -- in a flying machine made from polystyrene, they said Monday.
Japanese professional cyclist Kazuhiro Yamamoto exits the cockpit of a man-powered airplane "Gokuraku-tonbo" (Happy-go-lucky), produced by Yamaha Motor engineers belonging to "Team Aeroscepsy" at the Honda airport in suburban Tokyo on December 2. The team hopes to beat the world record for a human-propelled plane.
Team Aeroscepsy say a professional mountain biker will pilot their "Gokurakutombo", which has a wingspan half that of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, in a voyage they hope will clock up 120 kilometres (75 miles).
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