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Author Topic: "Progress in Flying Machines"--Images and info on Victorian aircraft  (Read 4194 times)
Jake of All Trades
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« on: March 29, 2007, 05:52:16 am »


Here is the table of contents of this most wonderful digitized tome.  Click here to skip to the images.

Does anyone know of a good site about the more famous failed flying machines?  You know, the crazy, hopping-umbrella type contraptions that are always shown in film strips.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007, 04:36:09 pm »

Great resource!!

The hopping umbrella-flapping beastie is the Pitts Sky Car.

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John W Pitts and W P Kindree, Detroit MI.

  Pitts Sky Car Although it goes against our policy of not having animations, this RealAudio file is a purposeful exception sent by 'Sergei' in Russia.

Sky Car 1928 = 1pOH; 90hp Curtiss OX-5.

The best thing that could be said about this machine is that it was a nice try. Each blade of the 60-blade rotor had a full-radius vane attached to it that was free to flap about its radial hinge. Rotation caused the drooping vanes to swing out, closing the space between blades and forming a solid rotor disk. The point was that the rotor was forced by the engine to reciprocate up and down. When the rotor suddenly went up the vanes were flung open, allowing the air to pass between the blades; when it then moved downwards, the vanes closed and a good portion of air was thrown downwards, thus supposed to create a lifting force. A motion picture record of a flight attempt appears in film clips of odd flying machines. The invention is seen jumping up and down heavily, but it is dubious if this was caused by air downwash—after all, when one heavy part of the machine is forced down some other part must go up, according to the laws of mechanics. This appears to be the first helicopter in which vibration was designed into it (— Lennart Johnsson 11/15/99).


http://www.aerofiles.com/_pa.html

Not sure if this is it but it is similar:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8569235913310626686

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4622565557055437255

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4253393600840196854


I love he magnificent men and their flying machine feel to mad aircraft. Tracking them down is tricky but here are some resources:

www.unmuseum.org/flystrange.htm

See also:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3712473436616946814


Early aircraft:
http://members.fortunecity.com/gvanroy1/pioneer.html
http://members.fortunecity.com/gvanroy1/pioneer2.html

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edit: And although later the mad science of this beast must surely by Steampunk inspiration - a flying houseboat:

www.oldbeacon.com/plans/resource1/caproni_ca60_transaero.htm
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 05:51:43 pm »

  Awesome.  Do you mind if I post this link in a SteamPunk article?
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007, 06:43:21 pm »

  Awesome.  Do you mind if I post this link in a SteamPunk article?
Not at all--please do!

And thanks to the Emperor for the info!
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2007, 10:25:40 pm »

No worries. Although I am still humming "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007, 12:27:33 am »

Duely noted.  Thanks both of you.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2007, 12:12:21 pm »

No worries. Although I am still humming "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" Wink
Ditto Grin
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