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December 10, 2003

Piuma

It turns out only the lack of light-weight materials prevented Leonardo's "Feather" from slipping the surly bonds of earth. His wood and canvas version would have weighed 220 pounds but at 50 pounds the modern aluminum and dacron version took flight at 22 miles per hour.

A flying machine sketched by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago, flew gracefully last week, proving that the Renaissance genius could have made flight history long before the Wright brothers.

Angelo D'Arrigo, a former world champion hang glider, made Leonardo's dreams on manned flight come true as he flew the "Piuma" (feather), a flying machine conceived by the Florentine visionary during his studies on ornithopters planes with bird-like flapping wings.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 10, 2003 09:51 AM

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Leo's machine flew:
This is like saying that if the Blue Jays played like the Yankees they would win the World Series more often.

Posted by: Richard of York at December 10, 2003 09:51 PM