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.