this day in the yesteryear: Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Inspired by the eagles he saw while out in the fields, Spanish inventor and aviation pioneer Diego Marín Aguilera built a flying machine from wood, iron, cloth, and feathers whose design was based on his observations of birds of prey. His attempt to fly the vehicle was somewhat successful—he reportedly reached a height of about 20 ft (6 m) and glided some distance—but he crash-landed when the device suffered a structural failure. What did the locals do when they learned of his invention? More… Discuss

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