Flying Panty Gadgets to Soar Through Tokyo Skies

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's....flying panties?

On March 6th, visitors to the Akihabara district of Tokyo will be treated to the strange sight of hundreds of panty ornithopters (at least strange to any other country but Japan). What's an ornithopter you ask? According to, an ornithopter is "a heavier-than-air craft designed to be propelled through the air by flapping wings." Panties that fly by flapping their wings? That should be interesting.

The gadgets are actually powered by rubber bands and Tokyo dwellers can buy a kit to launch their own panty-shaped ornithopters should the mood strike them. The panty-thopters are meant to promote the Japanese manga cartoon Sora no Otoshimono (What Fell from the Sky) and are part of Akihabara's Sky Festival.

Here's a video of a panty-thopter flapping majestically through the sky. The subtitles are in Japanese, but you get the idea.

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