Dan Brown fans and Tom Hanks wannabes can finally live out their wildest treasure-hunting fantasies at the National Air & Space Museum next week. From September 13 to October 22, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces, “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” will be featured in the Wright Brothers Exhibit. The codex is an early 16th century document that includes detailed diagrams of aerodynamic concepts and bird behavior. The exhibition of this extraordinary document is part of “one of the true highlights of the 2013 year of Italian culture in the United States,” which includes over 300 events in 50 American cities, according to Italian ambassador Cluadio Bisogniero in a press event earlier today.
The Codex was loaned to the Smithsonian by the Biblioteca Reale of Italy, and the partnership between the two is a testament to the “first fifty years of collaboration between NASA and Italy in Space Exploration,” said Bisogniero. Visitors will be able to virtually scroll through 18 pages of the notebook, as well as inspect the actual documents in a secured case.