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Da vinci’s aerial inventions


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Da Vinci's Aerial Invensions

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Da vinci’s aerial inventions

  1. 1. Da Vinci’s Note: (The pictures are hyperlinked to their respectiveAerial pages)Inventions!By Callum Ferguson!Press F5 to begin, and space to continue!
  2. 2. Some of Da Vinci’s most famous inventions include the tank, the helicopter and theairplane. Unfortunately Da Vinci did not have the materials required to carry out hisplans and so many of them were never made. But the ideas behind those plans havehelped us greatly in this modern day and age as when more and better materials startedto appear many of his plans were carried out. A lot of things were not exactly hisdesign but they certainly incorporated some of Leonardo’s ideas. For example theconcept of sloped armour is found on tanks even today. Keep reading to explore hisinventions, most of which have built the foundation for many of our inventions today.INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. Leonardo Da Vinci had a fascination withflight and aviation ever since he was born,perhaps that is why he created the amazingaerial inventions that he did. One of hisfavourite areas of study was aviation; heseemed to be amazed with the possibility ofpeople flying through the air like birds.Historians believe that it was this veryfascination that inspired him to create theanemometer, which was a tool for measuringwind speed. He hoped that one day theanemometer could give people insightinto the direction of the wind beforeattempting flight.ANEMOMETER
  4. 4. Another invention of his that was to do withaviation was the flying machine. It shows hisfascination and enthusiasm for the idea of flight.Unfortunately, although the flying machine couldhold itself up while in flight it did not have thepower to get off of the ground. Da Vinci’s flyingmachine was quite big, with a wingspan of 33 feet.The frame would have been made of pine coveredin silk to create a light but sturdy membrane. Itwould be flown by someone lying face down inthe centre of the machine on a board. To make thewings flap the pilot would pedal a crank connectedto a rod-and-pulley system. The flying machinealso contained a hand crank for extra energyoutput and a head piece for steering.FLYING MACHINE
  5. 5. Not only did he make a flying machine but hecreated an idea for a helicopter. It would havemeasured over 15 feet in diameter. It would bepowered by four men standing on a centralplatform turning cranks that would rotate theshaft. With enough rotation Leonardo believedthat the invention would have lifted off theground. Unfortunately due to the weight of thehelicopter scientists do not believe that theinvention would have worked.HELICOPTER
  6. 6. • Finally, Leonardo invented something that has allowed people to jump off of planes and land on the ground without injury. Introducing… The Parachute!!! Though the invention of the first practical parachute was invented by Sebastien Lenormand in 1783 Leonardo Da Vinci actually designed one a couple of hundred years before this. Like a lot of Da Vinci’s inventions, this was never actually built by anyone, that is until in 200 daredevil Adrian Nichols constructed a parachute based on Da Vinci’s design and tested it. Despite what experts thought, Da Vinci’s design worked as intended. Even Adrian himself noted that it had a smoother ride then the modern parachute.PARACHUTE