16. Saqqara Bird
The ancient Egyptians knew a great deal, and possibly even devised a primitive model of the first airplane!
The Saqqara bird, which was discovered in a tomb in Saqqara, Egypt, is shaped like a modern-day airplane with the head of a bird.
It’s believed to be almost 2,200 years old, way before the notion of flying even existed.
But rather than speculating the invention of airplanes, historians believe that Egyptians used it to model a sort of large glider that could travel small distances.
Interestingly, some historians have since found similar depictions of an aircraft on certain scriptures and hieroglyphics.