Leonardo Da Vinci's Ornithopter

ITN Factual


As part of a 2002 Channel 4 series investigating the machines of Leonardo Da Vinci, ITN Factual used Skysport Engineering Ltd to manufacture the nearest true replica of Leonardo Da Vinci's original Ornithopter, based on a combination of several of his sketches. As many authentic materials as possible were used, and the glider successfully flew, under the controls of Judy Ledden, in late summer 2002.


ACL input

Review of all materials involved in the manufacture.

Review of all loads and flight parameters.

Mass and Balance review.

Provision of formal report on suitability of the structure for the flight.


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