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I Asked A Professor If It's Possible To Fly On A Broom And He Was Totally Unimpressed

We've all thought it.

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So I decided to ask a university professor whether it was really possible to fly on a broom. This is Professor Shinichiro Ito, from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Kogakuin University.

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He is specializes in fluid mechanics, which researches the flow of liquids and air. Using his experience with researching the swimming styles of penguins and turtles, he invented the swimming style which is the standard of Japanese competitive swimming.


So if you fasten a broom in a car with a string and pull it, it floats. Kind of.

So then wouldn't a person riding a broom kind of be possible?

"For a person to ride and fly with it, the shape and area of the wings are very important," he said. "Let’s look at a parachute”


Okay, well since we're here, lets pretend the broom could fly, how would it work?

"If you were to ride it, the balance would be very important. First, unless you ride in the rear part, you would definitely flip down."


"Even if you get the balance right, if you flew at a speed at which a broom and a person can float, there would be an air resistance of about 750kg," he said. "Only if you had a grip strong enough to stand it, but that's impossible so, you would fall like this."

So flying on a broom = impossible. But there must be a way to experience something close to flying on a broom?

"In that case," he said. "I think wingsuits are the closest thing"

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You would glide, but since wings are factored in, yes you can fly," he said. "Just drop from a high place. In you movies, they fly at about this height and speed, so I think the sensation is quite similar"