da Vinci and Air Travel

da Vinci and Air Travel

Reexamination of the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 –- 1519) shows that the Renaissance artist and engineer anticipated many aspects of modern aviation, including excess baggage fees, inflight movies, and air-sickness bags.

 

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5 Responses to “da Vinci and Air Travel”

  1. kseverny Says:

    this guy was ahead of the times.
    Fantastic

  2. HL Says:

    He also envisioned selling hard liquor in tiny little bottles.

    He only erred when he envisioned a 5 cent deposit fee on each bottle…

  3. Mike Licht Says:

    HL wrote:

    He only erred when he envisioned a 5 cent deposit fee on each bottle…

    And 15 cents in Vermont Verona.

    The claim that da Vinci predicted a cumulative system of “Frequent Flyer Leagues” is unsupported by hard evidence.

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