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Flying Martha Ornithopter


An ornithopter is a flying machine that uses flapping wing motion to fly, just like a real bird. Named after the last passenger pigeon, Martha, who died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914, the Flying Martha Ornithopter is a simple mechanical toy powered by a rubber band.

To fly, simply wind up the bird and gently release like a paper airplane. When not in use, the Flying Martha is a charming companion displayed in your home.

Measures 16" x 16" assembled

Materials: Bamboo and mulberry paper

Handmade by master kite-makers in Weifang, China

Includes easy assembly instructions

Ships in a beautiful gift box measuring 14"x 16" x 4"