Lana Airship: Not so Void.

de Lana Airship: Not so Void.

Francesco Lana de Terzi was a sort “Renaissance-Jesuit”: mathematician, naturalist and – what interested us here- aeronautical pioneer. In 1670 Lana published his “Prodromo”, a sort of hotchpotch book of knowledge. In this book his describes this possible airship; a flying ship (literally) that employed four copper hollow spheres which achieved the necessary lift because vacuum was created in their interior. The idea was physically unsung, but Lana was certainly not a fool; he warned that god would not allow this contraction to be built because we humans would have used it to bomb cities……

Certainly charming this Wills’ cigarette card, the 1910 “Aviation” collection.

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