This incredible RC plane isn't a plane at all

The flying machine featured here is called an ornithopter, and its conceptual origins date back at least as far as the late 15th century, when Leonardo Da Vinci first produced drawings of a bird-like machine capable of flight. » 1/27/12 4:09pm 1/27/12 4:09pm

This tiny robotic butterfly is helping to reinvent the airplane

Japanese researchers have built an artificial butterfly that mimics the unusual flight patterns of the swallowtail butterfly. Their tiny model is called an "ornithopter" - and we've got the video of the little guy in flight. » 5/20/10 9:00am 5/20/10 9:00am