Archive for April 28th, 2008

Successful Jump With Leonardo’s Parachute

Da Vinci\'s parachute500 years ago renessaince genius Leonardo da Vinci designed the parachute. Now, 5 centuries later a Swiss amateur parachuter built it and made a successful jump with it.

The Swiss jumper, Mr Vietti-Teppa was not the first person, who tried it. A British parachuter, Adrian Nicholas jumped with it in 2000, but had to use a modern backup parachute to complete the jump.

Leonardo’s parachute is made of 4 equilateral triangles and shapes a pyramid. The specification was written in a document originateing from 1485.

The only problem it has – says the Swissman – that it is impossible to maneuver with it. You just come down at the whim of the wind.

(Photo: AFP)
By Szafi
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1 Killed, 10 Injured in German Air Show

A small turboprop plane hit the crowd of spectators at an air show in Germany, Kindel Airfield near Eisenach on 26 April. The small plane failed to take off and it ran into the crowd of onlookers.

1 person, a 45-year-old woman was killed and 10 suffered serious injuries including the 35-year-old pilot. Other seven were lightly injured, including 2 children.

The plane also hit a children’s carousel, which luckily did not operate at the time of the accident.

The aircraft involved was a Zlin Z-37 Cmelak, a Czech built single-seater plane which had been used by authorities in former East Germany as a cropduster.

By Szafi

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