Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions – Aerial screw (around 1489)
The polymath thought that if a screw-like structure can rotate fast enough, it will 'drill' into the air and fly.
Aerial screw (Helicopter)
Aerial screw (around 1489)
One of the most interesting of Leonardo's sketches is the plan of an aerial screw. His plan was to build a structure that rises up in the air when it rotates. He studied the air and stated that it was compressible, therefore it had density; thus if a screw-like structure can rotate fast enough, it will 'drill' into the air and fly.
- linen cover
- wooden operating platform
- wooden trestle
- central mast
- helical structure
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