Leonardo’s Aerial Screw

Leonardo’s Aerial Screw Models

This design comes from the Institut de France – Manuscript B folio 83v , where Leonardo conceived a new model of flying machine .

The concept of grabbing the air with a screw, reveals the understanding of Leonardo about the air as a medium similar to water, which can be grasped and used as a support to rise up.

In Leonardo the concept of ” worm screw ” that is found in his other inventions is evident , inspired by the Archimedean screw or windmills . In this case, he imagine a huge screw of about 10 meters in diameter, driven by the strength of four men.

More than its actual operation , this machine reveals a new intuition of Leonardo which imagines what later would become the airplane’s propeller or even more so that of the helicopter and its vertical flight .

Product details

  • Item code s08
  • Size 21×17,5×21 cm.
  • Weight 75 gr
  • Components  18 pcs
  • Material Birch plywood
  • Estimated time of assembly 
  • Suitable for age over Over 10 years
  • Difficulty level Easy


  • Box size 28×22,3×5 cm
  • Box Weight 250 gr.
  • Instructions Sheet ITA ENG

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