Flying ship

Flying ship

Inv. 428
Interpretation by Alberto Mario Soldatini e Vittorio Somenzi, 1952 - 1953

Small flying ship equipped with flapping wings and helm. This is one of the most imaginative flying machines conceived by Leonardo. The fliers' seats are located inside a shell-shaped vessel which also housed all the mechanisms (screws, nut screws and cranks) controlling the two large bat-like wings. A particularly interesting detail is the ample plane in the tail area, most likely a system for adjusting the flying position and hence the direction of the ship itself.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus ff. 858 r., 860 r. (1487-1490)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana