Chronicle – Flying People In New York

I have a great love for movies about superpowers… so I’ll more than likely see this film.

From Yahoo News: What looked to be three people were spotted flying around the skies of lower Manhattan last Friday, causing a lot of double-takes and dropped jaws from onlookers. But while it appeared to be a sight straight out of a comic book, it was actually a clever bit of viral marketing for this week’s upcoming film “Chronicle.” Those aren’t people in the air, but some very intricately designed radio-controlled airplanes….

…Percelay said, “The planes are highly sophisticated dacron/carbon fiber, battery-powered, radio-controlled units,” each with over 200 parts.  Percelay described the individual pieces as being “light and delicate as potato chips.”  Their “flying people” are six feet tall, but they weigh only four pounds.  The aircraft were all built in a week, half the time it would normally take to construct them.

Percelay wouldn’t reveal exactly who was piloting the planes in the video, only to say “[They] are expert AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) members with amazing skills.”  They practiced flying for two days in Long Island before taking them out for a spin in New York.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the three people-planes made six trips over the Hudson River, each lasting only five minutes due to the short lives of their batteries.  One flyer did take a tumble into the river and had to be fished out by the NYC Harbor Patrol.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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