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DIYer reuses KFC buckets as wings for his homemade airplane

April 6, 2017

YouTuber PeterSripol demonstrates the Magnus effect using a foam RC plane with KFC buckets for wings.

What's better than eating a bucket of fried chicken? Using the empty bucket to propel your homemade airplane. In a recent video, YouTuber PeterSripol demonstrates the Magnus effect using a foam RC plane with KFC buckets for wings. If only the Wright brothers had lived near a KFC.

According to David Grossman for Popular Mechanics: "The buckets are using the Magnus effect, first discovered in 1852 by Gustav Magnus. It's the same principal that's used when you are shooting basketballs or throwing curveballs. But it doesn't just apply to sports. As Peter Spriol note in the video above, the Magnus effect is "creating a differential pressure from the top and the bottom of the buckets." Air flow is moving faster to one side than the other, creating a spin."

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