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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
     (2001.1)
    A 36-year-old Swiss amateur parachutist has made a successful 650-metre drop using a replica of a parachute designed more than 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/27/2228315.htm

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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
     (2001.2)
    Heh:

    "But Mr Vietti-Teppa said it is impossible to manoeuvre or steer the Leonardo parachute."

    Maybe because it was designed 600 years ago? Jeez. I applaud the guy for trying it, but really, it doesn't look too far off from what we currently have. Just a different shape. Now, if da Vinci designed a parachute made of bowling balls and it still worked, I'd be might impressed.

    (all tongue-in-cheek, btw)