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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 6, 2005.

Flying Craft Tethered to Powered Water Vehicle

patent#: US 6938852

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posted on 9/21/2005, patent issued on 9/6/2005

Unexpected tetherings, not something I think about very much, but recently two were patented on the same day. What is an unexpected tethering? It's when something really tiny pulls something much larger, like this "flying craft."

Is it this next greatest fad about to hit the nation? Will it be popular enough to get Vanilla Ice a "Where are they Now?" spot on Entertainment Tonight? Hey, it worked with reality television and competitive jet skiing...

Personally I'd feel safer on a speedboat wearing stilts, but this looks way cooler. Passengers and pilot sit in the "winged flying craft," while remotely controlling the powered craft below. Air sick? Sea sick? Is there really a difference? Should one wear a life jacket or a parachute?

Flying Craft Tethered to Powered Water Vehicle

Comments on Flying Craft Tethered to Powered Water Vehicle

China travel | Dec 1, 2007 11:00 PM
Frankly speaking, it is just like the device created in the science fiction 19th century.

LAQ | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Some thigns are just so crazy that they cross into the realm of genius. I'd love to ride in one of these things.

George Yip | Nov 1, 2004 10:00 AM
This products is very interested to me,very remarkable especially for my developing entertainment business.

George Yip | Nov 1, 2004 10:00 AM
This products is very interested to me,very remarkable especially for my developing entertainment business.

Joe Krahn | Oct 31, 2004 9:02 AM
It's possible that this design could provide advantages of a hydroplaning boat (less water drag, smooth ride for passengers) without requiring as much power as a typical hydroplane boat. But, I suspect that this design is juat asking for a high-speed crash.

Mike Garrett | Dec 10, 2004 4:02 AM
This may even be possible My question is why? What big advantage does this er, waterplane have. Gliders can be launched from trucks, but the gliders don't remain tethered to the trucks because it would be suicidal. Imagine piloting one craft through two fluids of different vicosities at the same time. Be one hell of a pilot, or a dead one. What's next, subterranean helicopters?

Jim West | Dec 10, 2004 1:00 AM
It was this patent that came up while searching for unique sites to add to the Open Grid Index and Directory Search Engine.

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