Catapults Historical

Catapults Historical (HM1VGQ)

Location: Indio, CA 92201 Riverside County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.672', W 115° 43.308'

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Leonardo da Vinci Weapons of War & Invention

The basic design of the catapult had been in use for hundreds of years before da Vinci embarked on improving it. He actually came up with different models. This particular design used a double leaf spring to produce an enormous amount of energy in order to propel stone projectiles or incendiary over great distances. Loading of the two large leaf springs was accomplished using a hand crank on the side of the catapult.
His quick-load catapult only had a short firing range, but this mattered little, as guns then were slow-loading and heavy. The catapult could be loaded quickly and, if necessary, left loaded in case of a surprise attack. They did not need gunpowder, and could be safely mounted on walls. With this catapult, a man climbed the attached ladder, places a stone in the cup, and then the flexible arm was bent back using a rope and winder mechanism. This was released by striking a pin and the procedure repeated.
For his catapult, Leonardo designed finned missiles with warhead. Similar to modern design, it had two fins on the tail for stability. Upon impact, strikers would ignite the gunpowder inside.
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Date Added Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 618509 N 3725324
Decimal Degrees33.66120000, -115.72180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.672', W 115° 43.308'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 40.32" N, 115° 43' 18.48" W
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Area Code(s)760
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 62428-62434 Chiriaco Rd, Indio CA 92201, US
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