World History

Who invented the hang glider?
Answered by Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Channel

    Discovery Channel

  1. The kite, which was invented in the fourth century B.C. by the Chinese, had many practical uses. But it wasn’t until the sixth century A.D. that the Chinese put the kites to use as hang gliders, cutting the cord, as it were. The gliders were strong enough to sustain the weight of a man, able to catch the wind and hold an average-sized pilot aloft on the current. The Chinese hang gliders initially were used not for daredevil fun but entertainment of a crueler kind. They were used for the amusement of emperors, who strapped captured enemies and criminals onto the gliders, forcing them to jump off cliffs in terror.

    More answers from Discovery Channel »

Still Curious?
  • Is anyone still searching for escaped Nazi war criminals?

    Answered by Discovery Channel

  • How are Charlemagne's achievements atypical of medieval Europe?

    Answered by Science Channel

  • Did Lincoln's Cabinet support the Emancipation Proclamation?

    Answered by Discovery Channel


What are you curious about?

Image Gallery