Abbas-Ibn-Firnás: The Towerin’ Pioneer.


A sort of  “Islamic Renaissance Man”, the Spanish Abbas-Ibn-Firnás was a philosopher, scientific, chemist, astrologer, poet and… aviation pioneer. All started in 852 when Ibn-Firnás observed a certain Armen Firman (852) jumping for a tower in Cordoba (Andalusia) with a piece of canvas in a sort parachute. Moved by that experience in 875, when he was 65 years old, Ibn-Firnás devised a pair of wings made of wood, silk and bird of prey’s feathers. He chose that tower in Cordoba to test his contraction, only once; he remained in the air for around 10 seconds but landed badly breaking both legs in the process.

Such a precious drawing.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.