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Abass Ibn Firnas

Legend has it Ibn Firnas jumped from a cliff with feathers attached to his arms and legs.

Leonardo da Vinci

A legendary artist studies the bodies of flying animals in extraordinary detail.

Alphonse Pénaud - The Forgotten Pioneer

The invention of the rubber powered plane inspires the famous Wright brothers.

Frank Whittle and the Jet Man

A modern day jet man tells the story of the pioneer of the jetty engine.

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