Leonardo da Vinci, father of the Parachute

We all know who Leonardo da Vinci was, that he was the father of many ideas, and at his time thought to have been crazy… One great invention was the concept of a Parachute, which he conceived circa 1485 in Florence, Italy. In one of the many drawing book of Leonardo, there is a drawing of a pyramidal parachute with a man hanging below, but as of this date there is no evidence that he actually constructed it. Like most of his Ideas, he thought of them and drew them, but never built all of them.

      Leonardo da Vinci
      Visionary, Inventor, Artist
      Florence, Italy

Additional Information:

  • 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 Parachute Invention
    Though credit for the invention of the first practical parachute usually goes to Sebastien Lenormand in 1783, Leonardo da Vinci actually conceived the parachute idea a few hundred years earlier.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Parachute – The British Library
    Leonardo’s parachute consists of sealed linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles, about seven metres long. In his notebook he remarks that with such a device anyone can jump from any height without injury.
  • The Parachute Was Invented By Ancient Chinese – Not Leonardo Da …
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  • So did Da Vinci’s parachute work? | Metro News
    Another of Leonardo Da Vinci’s codes has been cracked – and, for one man, it’s a big relief. Parachutist Olivier Vietti-Teppa plunged 650m (2,000ft) from a helicopter using a model designed by Renaissance genius Da Vinci more than 500 years ago.
  • Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci – Wikipedia
    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) was an Italian polymath, regarded as the epitome of the “Renaissance Man”, displaying skills in numerous diverse areas of study.

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