Turkish World Bulletin: Before Da Vinci, Wright brothers, it was Abbas ibn Firnas

A thousand years before the Wright brothers, astronomer Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts.

The Islamic Museum of Australia has honoured his work a real life scale model of his flying machine.

The Islamic Museum of Australia have commissioned another community project called the Abbas ibn Firnas, the father of modern glider aviation. Based on the historical recollections of the famous 9th century Spanish inventor and scholar three Australian Muslim aerospace engineers banded togeheter to recreate a scale model of the famous flying contraption.