Skydiver Cracks Da Vinci Code

April 29, 2008 01:40 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A Swiss daredevil successfully completed a jump with a parachute based on the 523-year-old sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Olivier Vietti-Teppa, 36, dropped 2,000 feet and landed safely in the middle of a military airport in Payerne, near Geneva.

Vietti-Teppa “had been wearing a modern reserve parachute in case da Vinci’s design—made out of four triangles of fabric and with a pointed top—had failed to open,” according to Britain’s The Daily Mail. The reserve chute was not necessary, and the Swiss daredevil claimed the jump went perfectly, though he was not able to steer the chute and was lucky that the wind carried him to his destination.

Adrian Nicholas, a skydiver from London, was the first to successfully jump using Da Vinci’s parachute design in 2000, but, unlike Vietti-Teppa, he implemented a standard parachute to finish the jump. Vietti-Teppa used modern materials to bring Da Vinci’s drawings to life, whereas Nicholas only used “tools and materials that would have been available in the 15th century,” writes.

An exhibit is currently appearing in Perth, Australia, displaying over 60 models of Da Vinci’s designs, constructed by the group Artisans of Florence. For example, the exhibition shows Da Vinci’s portrayals of “the tank, the hangglider and the spring-powered car,” as well as “the modern bicycle, parachute, helicopter, lifebuoy, paddle boat and scuba gear,” The West Australian reports.

Headline Link: ‘Parachute that Da Vinci drew is made to work… after 523 years’

Video: ‘Da Vinci parachute jump success’

Background: Adrian Nicholas’ jump in 2000, and the life of Leonardo Da Vinci

Related Topic: Da Vinci’s ideas on display


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