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Da Vinci Test Flying Machine

February 3, 2022

Leonardo da Vinci was said to be one of the greatest engineers of his time. During his engineering years, one of his most promising inventions was the revolutionary flying machine. The flying machine was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before.

It had a 33-foot wingspan and resembled a bird. The most unique feature of the machine was its piloting feature. Pilots would lie down in the machine between the wings and pilot it using a hand crank with a rod-and-pulley system. The lightweight membrane made to cover the frame of the flying machine was made from pine and raw silk.

On February 3, 1946, the day of the test, the flying machine test failed.

The flying machine didn’t work because of a flawed design. However, there has been much speculation surrounding the failed test. Many believed da Vinci may have purposely failed the test to keep his flying machine from being used for military use. People still wonder if there is truth to the rumors since he later fled the country in protest of military policies.

Born April 15, 1452, in the High Renaissance era, Leonardo da Vinci was a multi-talented engineer. His birthplace is Anciano, Italy. Da Vinci had many talents and professions during his lifetime. He was a painter, scientist, theorist, sculptor, and architect. His most famous paintings include the Mona Lisa painted in 1503 and the Last Supper painted in 1498.

Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519, in France.


  1. S. Tracy

    You say that the first test of DaVinci’s flying machine was on February 3, 1946! What is the correct year of that failed test?

  2. Edward Martin Maurer

    How could Da Vinci test flight on Feb 3, 1946?

  3. Renata Waldrop

    I don’t believe Da Vinci did the test in 1946?

  4. Roy Banks

    Surely you don’t mean 1946 was the firs test flight?

  5. Celia Sánchez

    Can you please check the year the Flying machine was tested . It can’t be 1946.
    Thank you

  6. Ralph King

    The day of the test Feb. 3, 1946?

  7. Anne

    Confusing dates as to the flying test that failed in 1946 stating that daVinci failed the test because….. But He wasn’t alive then ????‍♀️ So who did the test or is the date wrong

  8. David Rudy

    I doubt that the test flight was in 1946!


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