By David Daiches

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C. 1487. A prone ornithopter of Leonardo da Vinci. 25 Fig. 7. A drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, showing a fixed wing design with ornithopter-type wing tips. 26 Man-Powered Flight Leonardo da Vinci and Philosophers Fig. 9. The Marquis de Bacqueville attempting to cross the Seine. He unfortunately fell heavily into one of the small boats. 27 28 Man-Powered Flight Fig. II. Ascent by Lunardi in his balloon, 15th September 1784. The 'oars' could be used for guidance and a crude form of propulsion. Leonardo da Vinci and Philosophers Fig.

His analogy between an aircraft and a revolving staircase was expanded: "Now we have the substitute for the rack in the air, and the pinion in the wings, which, with proper proportioning of the leverage to the altered circumstances, we get the substitute for the revolving stair, which would also be a failure without the proper proportioning of the leverage". To the question of 'leverage 1 Cradock attaches great importance: "From the nature of the case, long levers in the wings are a necessity, and short levers at all other points are most desirable.

Neither machine flew, and the latter is now at the Science Museum, London, and is illustrated in Fig. 26. R. 61 metres wide at the wing trailing edge. The machine had a tricycle undercarriage and fore and aft control surfaces. The next year saw the manufacture of two similar machines, in that both were, as man-powered aircraft, intended only as an interim solution to the problem of lack of availability of a suitable engine. G. Spencer & Sons of Highbury, London. 21 metre diameter pusher propeller 2 driven via foot pedals.

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