Could humans fly with big enough wings?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Well, let me start by saying that I’m not a scientist, but I can certainly share my thoughts on this interesting question. So, could humans fly with big enough wings? Let’s dive into it!

Firstly, let’s consider the average adult male human. As the question states, an organism’s weight increases at a faster rate than its strength during growth. This means that as we grow, our weight becomes a significant factor in determining our ability to fly.

To put things into perspective, an average adult male human weighs around 70-90 kilograms. To lift this weight off the ground, we would need wings with an incredible wingspan. In fact, according to some calculations, an adult human would require a wingspan of at least 6.7 meters to generate enough lift to become airborne.

Now, that’s quite a substantial wingspan, isn’t it? But the challenges don’t end there. Even if we were to somehow have wings of that size, they would likely be too heavy for our bodies to function properly. Imagine the strain it would put on our skeletal structure and muscles to support and move such massive wings. It’s highly unlikely that our bodies are capable of handling such a load.

Moreover, our anatomy is simply not designed for flight. Birds, for example, have hollow bones that make them lightweight and efficient fliers. Our bones, on the other hand, are solid and dense, making it even more challenging for us to achieve sustained flight.

But let’s indulge our imagination for a moment. Let’s say we magically obtain wings with the necessary wingspan and a body capable of supporting them. Would that be enough to allow us to soar through the skies like birds? Not quite.

Flight is a complex process that involves more than just having big wings. It requires a combination of factors such as muscle strength, aerodynamics, and propulsion. Birds have evolved over millions of years to develop the necessary adaptations for flight, including specialized respiratory systems, efficient circulatory systems, and powerful muscles for flapping their wings.

Even if we had the wingspan and a body capable of supporting them, we would need the ability to generate the required lift and propulsion. Without the proper adaptations and anatomical features, it is highly unlikely that we would be able to achieve sustainable flight.

So, while it’s a fascinating idea to imagine humans soaring through the skies with massive wings, the reality is that our bodies and anatomy simply aren’t built for flight. The laws of physics, biology, and evolution make it highly improbable for humans to fly in the same way birds do.

Although it’s fun to entertain the idea of flying with big enough wings, the reality is that it’s not feasible for humans. Our weight, skeletal structure, and lack of specialized adaptations make sustained flight an impossible dream. However, that doesn’t stop us from marveling at the beauty and wonder of flight and appreciating the incredible abilities of our avian friends.