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Parachute that Da Vinci drew is made to work... after 523 years
Parachutes have come a long way in the last few decades. They're easier to steer and a great deal less likely to go wrong.
So it takes a certain amount of nerve to plunge 2,000ft relying on a "chute designed more than 500 years ago.
Blueprint and reality: Da Vinci's design and Olivier Vietta-Teppa using it to jump
However a Swiss daredevil has done just that, trusting to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.
Olivier Vietti-Teppa, 36, jumped at the weekend using a parachute based on sketches made by the Italian Renaissance artist in 1485.