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Record flight for human-powered helicopter

PUBLISHED: 15:49 09 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:17 10 October 2012

A human-powered helicopter has achieved 50 seconds of flight, resulting in an unofficial new world record.

A human-powered helicopter has achieved 50 seconds of flight, resulting in an unofficial new world record.

Gamera II was created by a team of engineering students from the University of Maryland using carbon fibre, foam and balsa wood.

It is 60ft in length, with rotors of 42ft in diameter, and weighs 140lbs.

The team are hoping to win the American Helicopter Society International's Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize.

The prize – which is worth $250,000 – requires a 60 second flight at an altitude of 3m (10ft).

If confirmed, Gamera II’s record will smash the official record of 11.4 seconds, which was set by Gamera I last summer.

Click here to watch a video of the flight.

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