I was reading a book on Human Super Training. I would like to know if a human body rising into the air is possible. Thank you experts!


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    $\begingroup$ What does your "Human Super Training" book say on the topic? $\endgroup$ – user535733 Oct 14 '18 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ I gave this a try and was able to do it. But only for about a second. $\endgroup$ – Willk Oct 14 '18 at 16:59
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    $\begingroup$ Please give a short description about the research you have done. You have an excellent source there to do so. Can you also explain the limitations of your question? Can they use magic? Can they have wings? Can they use technology? etc. Right now, an answer could say the superheroes go through security and check their baggage, and then they take a plane wherever they want to go. $\endgroup$ – John Locke Oct 14 '18 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ Everything is air-droppable at least once $\endgroup$ – Separatrix Oct 14 '18 at 17:19
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    $\begingroup$ According to the World Bank, the airlines of this world have carried just a little less than four billion passengers in 2017. I would say that this is definite proof that humans can indeed fly. $\endgroup$ – AlexP Oct 14 '18 at 17:27

From "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. ... Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties.

Astronauts do this all the time. They move so fast horizontally that they miss the earth. Since the earth is round, they do this near indefinitely.

We call that act: orbiting.

  • $\begingroup$ But that's orbiting, not flying. If the superheroes want to fly, they can't orbit because they are inside the atmosphere, which will slow them down or rip them to shreds. How do they get to space in the first place? $\endgroup$ – John Locke Oct 14 '18 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ The indestructible skin allows for in-atmosphere orbiting. $\endgroup$ – SRM Oct 14 '18 at 22:41

There are a lot of sources for this. If all you want is sources, just do a Google search for "can humans fly".

Here is one source from an MIT article. The problem is twofold. Human arms aren't strong enough to flap, and wings need a long length while also being light. The solution is a fixed-wing aircraft. The first such aircraft was flown by the Wright brothers. A fixed wing allows the person to pedal with their feet instead of their arms, and because they wings don't need to be flapped, they can be long and sturdy.

So if you want humans to be able to fly, the best solution is to use a fixed wing aircraft, also known as an airplane.

There is a Greek myth about Daedalus and Icarus, who fly over the ocean with wings made of feathers and wax. This is not possible in real life for the reasons in the paragraph above. However, if you give your superheroes super arm strength while not increasing their total weight, they would be able to fly with similar wings. The wings will be large and bulky, so you should make them removable.


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