Saturday, March 07, 2009
I’m not the daredevil type.
Don’t expect me to jump out of an airplane anytime soon, but if I did you can bet I wouldn’t be using a parachute design that had never been successfully tested.
That’s what Olivier Vietti-Teppa did, risking his life on a chute based on a design from a time when man hadn’t even built the first airplane.
The Swiss man used a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci from 1485 to create a pattern and build a parachute. Vietti-Teppa did wear a back-up modern chute but wasn’t forced to put the current design into action after he jumped out of a plane.
Da Vinci’s chute worked just fine and the risk-taker landed safely.
For a video of his flight and landing, click here.
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