Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions - Mechanical wing (1493–1495)

Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions - Mechanical wing (1493–1495)

The mechanical wing is one of the masterpieces among Leonardo's sketches related to aviation.

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Mechanical wing

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.

Construction

  • base
  • central mast
  • pulley
  • crank
  • joint
  • linen cover

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