Aviation pioneer: Abbas Ibn Firnas, the first man to fly.
Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas al-Takurini, in short Abbas ibn Firnas (810-887), is a multi-talented genius of Berber origin born in Izn-Rand Onda, in al-Andalus (present Ronda, in Spain) who lived in the Emirate of Cordoba. Inventor, engineer, doctor, astrologer, poet, musician, he is recognized in the field of aviation as the first man to fly. When he was 70 years old (in 875) he materialized one of his inventions: wooden wings covered with a silk suit and equipped with birds of prey feathers. He tries it by throwing…Read More