Forlanini F.1 “Leonardo da Vinci”: Wind & Gas.

The F1 was designed in 1901 by the great Italina inventor Enrico Forlanini. Launched in 1909, the F.1 was a semi-rigid airship equiped with a neat streamlined gondola attached to the envelope,it nevertheless sported draggy multiplane stability and control surfaces on its stern. Underpowered with its unique 40hp Antoinette engine, the Leonardo da Vinci was not very useful. Forlanini improved further the design and his next one airship, the F.2 Citta di Milano, showed exceptionally good performance and control/stability.
More than appropiated the “Leonardo da Vinci” name; Forlanini, like other famous “whizs” of his era, was also a sort of Renaissance man.

This photo looks almost too good to be true…


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