How the world looks from inside the flock.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 07, 2012
"Flying with a trained camera bird to obtain a bird's-eye view of a continent was one challenge," writes Downer, "quite another was soaring high in the sky with flocks of wild birds. To do this we brought in Malcom Beard, a scale model-building supremo. He built 'vulturecam,' a vulture-shaped model glider made from strong but lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre, which would be able to fly with the birds. He was pushing the boundaries of what was possible with gliders, and such was the detail of his model that it even had a tail like a vulture and so, to some extent, it flew like the real thing."