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da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds” will be on view at Air and Space Museum, Sept. 13-Oct. 22.

One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, will be exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, which explores bird flight and behavior, includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight and foreshadows the invention of the airplane four centuries later.

 

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