Domingo Gonsales’s flying-machine, from Francis Godwin, ‘The Man in the Moone’ (London 1638).
The book begins with a prologue in which Gonsales explains how a voyage to the Moon is no more fantastic than a voyage to America was considered earlier. The account proper contains a number of travel narratives, starting in Spain and ending in China. Godwin proposes that the earth is magnetic, and that only an initial push is necessary to escape its magnetic attraction. The energy necessary for this push is provided by a species of bird called gansas, specifically bred and trained for the purpose.
Danish aviation pioneer Jacob Ellehammer was born June 14, 1871 (d. 1946). Originally trained as a watchmaker, Ellehammer quickly got ambitious and started inventing motorbikes, aeroplanes and helicopters. On September 12, 1906 he made a tethered flight, becoming the second European to succeed in making a powered flight. His helicopter performed a hover as early as 1914!
Photo: Ellehammer testing his helicopter…