P3_6 Can Thumbelina Fly?

Nathan Pilkington, Michael Perry, John Bettles, Iain Clarke


In the Warner Bros. animated film of the same name; Thumbelina, along with the rest of the ‘flower-fairies’, demonstrates an innate ability for air flight. This paper investigates if Thumbelina would be able to fly in a world constrained by physical laws outside of the realms of fairy tale and fantasy. It is found that it is likely that she would, indeed, be able to fly and would need to beat her wings 192 times per second in order to do so.

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