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Articulated wing

Ala articolata

Leonardo designed this device, endowed with traction and torsion mechanisms in the outer part of the wing, in his endeavour to faithfully reproduce the structure of a bird's wing. The purpose of this device was to guarantee the automatic return motion of the flexed wing. Special care was put into the study of the springs and joints connecting the various sections of the wing.

Codex Atlanticus, sheet 844


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