George Cayley

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The story began with two feathery wings

The story began with two feathery wings The first serious attempt to fly was undertaken in the year 880 AD by the Andalusian polymath Abbas Ibn Firnas. In 1680, Giovanni Alphonso Borelli, as a result of his detailed study of bird flight, concluded that; man does not have the power output needed to lift him and a machine into the air. This brought an end to practically all heavier-than-air experiments until the nineteenth century.