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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Leonardo da Vinci

1506

 

(Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration Series #3)

 
Leonardo da Vinci Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2009
1. Leonardo da Vinci Marker
Inscription.
"The kite and other birds, which beat their wings little, go seeking the course of the wind, and when the wind prevails...they will be seen at a great height." -Leonardo da Vinci

Four hundred years before the Wright Brothers, Leonardo da Vinci explored the possibility of powered flight for the first time. Leonardo studied birds to decipher the mechanics of flight. Birds rely less on their flapping wings, he discovered, than the flow of air currents. They maintain their balance in those undulating winds by subtle movements in their tail and wings. Da Vinci studies how the wings were shaped, how the feathers were distributed, and how different areas of the wing performed during flight.

Da Vinci's creative visions of manned flight were revealed in over 500 sketches. One design proposed a plane in which the pilot flapped the wings. Another illustrated a helicopter in which the pilot spun the blades with a corkscrew. From these early studies, da Vinci concluded that man did not have the strength to power an airplane. Ultimately, Leonardo sketched gliders and designed craft that looked much like future airplanes.
 
Erected 2003 by Inventing Flight and Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 46.089′ 
Centennial Park Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Centennial Park Markers
Four markers, from left (beyond hanging basket & bench, nearest to farthest) are Chinese Kites, Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier Brothers, & Sir George Cayley. Looking SW, with downtown Dayton in background and Wright Brothers statues at far right distance.
N, 84° 11.178′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker is in Centennial Park, within Deeds Point MetroPark, off Webster Street, about 475 feet NE of the confluence of the Mad and Great Miami Rivers. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Webster Street, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgolfier Brothers (here, next to this marker); Chinese Kites (here, next to this marker); Sir George Cayley (a few steps from this marker); The Solution: Wing Warping (within shouting distance of this marker); Icarus (within shouting distance of this marker); Huffman Prairie (within shouting distance of this marker); McCook Field (within shouting distance of this marker); Wright-Patterson AFB (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Leonardo da Vinci. (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Leonardo on Flight. (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Leonardo da Vinci. (Submitted on April 7, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 907 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 4, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on March 26, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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