Who pioneered Flying Machine?

A thousand years before the Wright brothers, a Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn’t. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected a machine of silk and eagles’ feathers he tried again, jumping from a mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten minutes but crashed on landing – concluding, correctly, that it was because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on landing. Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are named after him.

One thought on “Who pioneered Flying Machine?

  1. Are you saying Muslims invented flying? That’s a silly belief. I lived in North Africa, and the amount of people who thought the ancient Egyptians could fly was astounding.

    Muslims haven’t invented much. Not because of their religion, but because of their lack of education, and the oppressive natures of their societies. Countries which have good public education, and the ability of common people to express their ideas, tend to invent the most things.

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