We all know Leonardo da Vinci, first conceived of a rotary-wing flying vehicle in the 15th century, called Da Vinci 3, which was to use human power to fly… As far as we know it was only on paper and never been built. well that was until… On December 10th 1989, in the gymnasium of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA, the students had built the craft out of wood, mylar, and graphite epoxy and powered it by the pilot, who pushed bicycle pedals. Its first flight, which lasted 6.8 seconds, with a maximum height off the ground was 7 inches.
December 10, 1989
Leonardo da Vinci
San Luis Obispo, CA, USA,
- Leonardo da Vinci – Wikipedia
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (Italian: [leoˈnardo di ˌsɛr ˈpjɛːro da (v)ˈvintʃi] ( listen); 15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machine Invention
Of Leonardo da Vinci’s many areas of study, perhaps this Renaissance man’s favorite was the area of aviation. Da Vinci seemed truly excited by the possibility of people soaring through the skies like birds.
- FLYING MACHINES – Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo, born in Vinci, Italy, possessed a genius which went far beyond simply being a remarkable artist. He was, perhaps, the first European interested in a practical solution to flight.
- Leonardo da Vinci and Flight | National Air and Space Museum
Until the nineteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci was generally known only as a painter. Little or nothing of his sculpture or engineering works survived, and his notebooks, the only surviving evidence of his insatiable curiosity and fertile mind regarding science and technology, were long hidden away, dispersed in private hands.
- Leonardo Da Vinci and His Flying Machines – Angelfire
A huge metamorphosis in Leonardo’s approach to flying machines and flying occurred as he went from the theory of flight to actually attempting flight.