Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions - Mechanical wing (1493–1495)
The mechanical wing is one of the masterpieces among Leonardo's sketches related to aviation.
Mechanical Wing (1493–1495)
The mechanical wing is one of the masterpieces among Leonardo's sketches related to aviation, and of his geometric approach of observing Nature. The extremely complex device mimics the wings of birds, both in its structure and its functioning.
- central mast
- linen cover
The polymath thought that if a screw-like structure can rotate fast enough, it will 'drill' into the air and fly.
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The aim of this extraordinarily complex study was to mimic the different phases of the flight of birds.
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