A sort of “Islamic Renaissance Man”, the Spanish Abbas-Ibn-Firnás was a philosopher, scientific, chemist, astrologer, poet,..and aviation pioneer. In 852 Ibn:Firnás observed a certain Armen Firman (852) jumping for a tower in Cordoba (Andalusia) with a piece of canvas; as parachute more or less. Moved by that experience, later 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. Jumping also from a tower in Cordoba he remained in the air around 10 seconds but landed badly, he broke both legs in the process.
Such a precious drawing.