Leonardo da Vinci's design for an Ornithopter, c 1486-1490.

Leonardo da Vinci's design for an Ornithopter, c 1486-1490.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

This design, with stirrups, was first proposed about 1486. As its name implied, the Ornithopter incorporated a bird-like flapping mechanism. Experiments proved that human muscles and our power to weight ratio prevented imitation of bird flight by effort alone.

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