Flying high with Leonardo

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flapping wings flying machine

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) designed flying machines because he was convinced that man could dominate air and fly over it with large, mechanical wings.

He started to imagine parachutes, airscrews, gliders, flapping wings, shuttles and other flying machines around 1482, when he moved to Milan.

The great Tuscan polymath saw no mystery in birds’ flight, no magic in the way they soar and travel in the sky, but a simple physical mechanisms with wings exploiting air resistance.

Here are the flying machines created in 1952 by Alberto Mario Soldatini and Mario Somenzi, who brought to life the Renaissance man’s drawings.

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October 23, 2014