Flying high with Leonardo

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.

Photos via:
http://www.museoscienza.org

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flapping wings flying machine, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Airscrew

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Airscrew, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flapping wing

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flapping wing

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flying machine with maneuverable wing tips

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flying machine with maneuverable wing tips

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flying machine with maneuverable wing tips, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flying machine with maneuverable wing tips, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti - flying machines

Flying machine with maneuverable wing tips, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti Macchina volante con motore a balestra - flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti Macchina volante con motore a balestra - flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti Macchina volante con motore a balestra - flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Flying machine with leaf-spring engine

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti Macchina volante ad ali battenti - flying machine with flapping wings

Flying machine with flapping wings

Leonardo Da Vinci, Macchine volanti Macchina volante ad ali battenti - flying machine with flapping wings

Flying machine with flapping wings, detail

Leonardo Da Vinci, macchine volanti - flying machines

Variable inclination wing structure

Leonardo da Vinci, macchine volanti - flying machines

Variable inclination wing structure, detail

Leonardo da Vinci, macchine volanti - flying machines

Parachute

Leonardo da Vinci, macchine volanti - flying machines

Parachute

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