Did Abbas Ibn Firnas Make History’s First Flight?

Just outside Baghdad International Airport there is a statue of a man wearing a turban with feathered wings strapped over his arms, about to jump from a high pedestal. The statue is identified as Abbbas Ibn Firnas, the father of aviation. But who was Abbbas Ibn Firnas?

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The statue of Abbas ibn Firnas near Baghdad International Airport. Photo: BaghdadiHistory

Source: amusingplanet.com

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