Flight - Hezarfen Ahmet's Lifelong Obsession
Hezarfen Ahmet was well aware of the fact that he had predecessors. Flight was a primeval obsession. An aviator from Moorish Spain and an English monk had supposedly been successful in flying in the 9th and 12th centuries respectively.
Armen Firman in 852 AD in Cordoba, Spain attempted flight with the help of a wing-like cloak. Twenty-three years later, Ibn Firnas, another intrepid dreamer from the same city built a flying machine. The glider was capable of carrying a human being. Sources cite that Firnas was successful in hanging onto the sky. He goofed up while landing. He injured his back and later succumbed to his lesions.
Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was aware of the hazards of his obsession. He had been a meticulous researcher and had studied Leonardo Da Vinci`s notes on the flight of birds copiously. The tenth century Turkish scientist, Ismail Cevheri`s preoccupation with this project had inspired him.
Observing the flight of an eagle with keen perspicuity and after nine experimental attempts, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, finally struck gold and devised his winged apparatus. The fact that his very success proved to be cause of his demise is a different story altogether.