Lana's Aeronautic Machine


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 30.5 × 25.4cm (12 × 10 in.)
  • Unmatted: 8.9 × 5.9cm (3 1/2 × 2 5/16 in.)

Physical Description

Uncolored etching of the aircraft suggested by Franceso Lana de Terzi (1631-1687), in Prodromo (1670). The four metal globes are evacuated so as to make the craft buoyant. The craft was never constructed and was beyond the technology of the period.


ART-Prints, Original

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