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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. The image is clipped from a 1789 edition of The European Magazine. 'Published by J. Sewell, Cornhill, 1st March 1789.'
In 1670, Francesco Lana de Terzi (1631-1687), inspired by recent discoveries in the physics of gases, suggested constructing a flying machine featuring four metal globes that would be evacuated of air and thus, perhaps, light enough to make the craft buoyant. The craft was never constructed and was beyond the technology of the period. This image appeared as an illustration in a 1789 issue of The European Magazine. Engraving, English, 1789
This object is on display in the Hangar Overlook at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.