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The First Helicopter ? by Dennis Melling

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My vector drawing and a little bit of imagination, combines Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century “Aerial Screw” and the Greek geometer Heron’s 1st century steam engine into the world’s first helicopter.

The steam engine was invented by Heron, an ancient Greek geometer and engineer from Alexandria. Heron lived during the first century CE and is sometimes called Hero. Heron made the steam engine and called his device “aeolipile,” which means “wind ball” in Greek. The steam was supplied by a sealed pot filled with water and placed over a fire. Two tubes came up from the pot, letting the steam flow into a spherical ball of metal. The metallic sphere had two curved outlet tubes, which vented steam. As the steam went through the series of tubes, the metal sphere rotated.


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  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 1 year ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • Thank you Vitta :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 1 year ago

    lol … fabulous design .. just love it

  • Thank you very much Angel :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 1 year ago

    Terrific work Dennis ~ fascinating info as always .. and I love the little bird at the top :)

  • :) Thank you Susie :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 1 year ago


  • Many thanks Guendalyn :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 1 year ago

    Great idea as long as the wood and coal lasted!!!! A really excellent creation!!! Bill

  • I wonder if Leonardo thought of solar pane;s :)

    – Dennis Melling

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