From Monte Ceceri Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) tried around 1505 his first flying exercises with his homemade aircraft. The attempts failed, however, and Leonardo noted in his manuscript "Codex on bird flight" that his assistant Tommaso Masini broke a leg or a few ribs.
August 20, 2019
Monte Ceceri is known first of all because it was used by Leonardo Da Vinci as a "trampoline" to test its Machine of Flight, in 1506. To experience the Machine in person, was Tommaso Masini, called Zoroastro da Peretola, one of the "families" of Leonardo. That Tommaso was the driver of the car, would be witnessed by a note of the same Leonardo, in his Flight Code. According to the testimonies, the Machine managed to glide for about a thousand meters, landing in Camerata, between Fiesole and Florence. It is not true, therefore, that Thomas would have broken his legs landing (this was written by Merejkowski, in his novel on the life of Leonardo). A source, among other things, would give Tommaso healthy and active in Modena only a few months later. From Monte Ceceri, therefore, the first human flight of history would have been successfully attempted. Of this exceptional event, the cinquecentenario has recently taken place, with no celebrations of particular importance.
April 8, 2015
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!