Fra Fondi, of Hobby Media, writes:

To celebrate the anime “Sora no Otoshimono,” which depicted hundreds of girl’s panties flying like birds, the Japanese company Questioners has produced a series of rubber-band powered Panty Ornithopters. On march 6th these flying pants will be liberated in the skyes of Akihabara during the model rocketry event “Sorafes” (translated “Sky Festival”).

Among the organizers of the event there is an amateur group of aspiring web-livecasters called NKH and Nicotech, an open Internet community of Sunday engineers

I am utterly speechless (and anybody who knows me will understand the rarity of such an occurrence).

Flying Panty Ornithopters!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • kentkb

    One word: OMG

  • Pete Mills

    I don’t see how this post on “flying panties” is relevant or more importantly, informative in any way.

  • Donald Haas

    Sometimes the posts are just about providing inspiration. It may not be your cup of tea but I enjoyed it.

    Hey, Gareth, do you think Make would be interested Ina how-to panty ornithopter article to compliment the previous article? It might take me a bit to convince my wife to let me usd her unmentionables.

    Panty ornithopters sounds like a band name too!!

    Could make stock these as a kit maybe?

    So many more comments . . .

  • Donald Haas

    Now I want to see some arduono powered underpants gnomes to pilot these!!!

  • Donald Haas

    I wonder what kind of panties provide the best aerodynamics? Bikini, brief cut, low rise??? Obviously thongs wouldn’t provide enough surface area to give proper lift. The world needs to know!!


    this is too funny. love it. i want one.

  • Rob Cruickshank

    Of course, they can only make brief flights.

  • Donald Haas

    You should see the skidmark they leave when they land!

  • MadRat

    I haven’t actually seen this cartoon but I did thumb through the comic book its based on. If you watch the cartoon you’ll very briefly (yes it’s a pun) see a girl with wings near the beginning. From what I can tell she’s an angel-like android who doesn’t speak and grants wishes. When she ends up with a high school student (isn’t it always a high school student in anime?) who makes careless wishes, hilarity ensues. It’s kind of like Bruce Almighty only animated and from Japan.