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Daemon
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Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793)

Inspired by the eagles he saw while out in the fields, Spanish inventor and aviation pioneer Diego Marín Aguilera built a flying machine from wood, iron, cloth, and feathers whose design was based on his observations of birds of prey. His attempt to fly the vehicle was somewhat successful—he reportedly reached a height of about 20 ft (6 m) and glided some distance—but he crash-landed when the device suffered a structural failure. What did the locals do when they learned of his invention? More...
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His craft must have been something like modern hang glider. Amazing that he managed to fly that far.
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men in their flying machines
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Daemon wrote:

Diego Marín Aguilera Makes Early Attempt at Flight (1793]
Inspired by the eagles he saw while out in the fields, Spanish inventor and aviation pioneer Diego Marín Aguilera built a flying machine from wood, iron, cloth, and feathers whose design was based on his observations of birds of prey. His attempt to fly the vehicle was somewhat successful—he reportedly reached a height of about 20 ft (6 m) and glided some distance—but he crash-landed when the device suffered a structural failure. What did the locals do when they learned of his invention?

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The inhabitants of the town, believing him to be a lunatic, heretic, or a fraud, burned his flapping-wing creation. Marin lost all hope and, disgraced, never attempted flight again. He died at the age of 44 in his native town, six years after his attempted flight.


How disheartening. Recognition & respect after his death don't compensate for having to live in such disgrace. Poor bastard. Applause
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