Leonardo da Vinci's proposed helicopter, late 15th century.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Leonardo da Vinci's proposed helicopter, late 15th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

This model has been constructed from a sketch for a helicopter design by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). The ancient Chinese made hand-spun toys that rose upward like a helicopter when revolved rapidly, but Leonardo's helicopter is the earliest known design to envision a machine to carry a man and its own 'power unit'. Like many other designs after his, Leonardo's worked theoretically but would have been impractical in full-sized form.
 

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10216094
 

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