Steam aircraft

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Samuel Pierpont Langley flew steam powered models in 1896

A steam aircraft is an aircraft propelled by a steam engine. Steam aircraft were unusual devices because of the difficulty in producing a powerplant with a high enough power-to-weight ratio to be practical. They are distinct from airships that use steam as their lifting gas which are known as thermal airships.

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  1. ^ Monash University, Australia, Engineering Department
  2. ^ Smithsonian Samuel P. Langley CollectionHistorical note
  3. ^ Gustave Whitehead's Flying Machines Affidavit: Louis Darvarich - July 19, 1934
  4. ^ Howard, Fred (1987). Wilbur and Orville: A Biography of the Wright Brothers. New York: Knopf. pp. 436; 512. ISBN 978-0-394-54269-0. 
  5. ^ a b FitzGerald, H. J. (July 1933). "World's First Steam-Driven Airplane". Popular Science Monthly (New York) 133 (1): 9–11. 
  6. ^ "Flight by Steam". TIME. April 24, 1933. 
  7. ^ "The Besler Steam-Driven Aeroplane". flyingkettle.com. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  8. ^ George & William Besler (April 29, 2011). The Besler Steam Plane (YouTube). Bomberguy. 
  9. ^ Biblioteca aeronautica italiana illustrata: Primo supplemento decennale (1927-1936) con aggiunte all'intera "Biblioteca" e appendice sui manifesti aeronautici del Museo Caproni in Milano descritti da Paolo Arrigoni, Volume 1, Giuseppe Boffito, Paolo Arrigoni, Milan (Italy), Museo Caproni, L S Olschki, 1937, page 454
  10. ^ "Plane fitted with steam engine", The Chronicle, Adelaide, Australia, 19 April 1934, page 46.
  11. ^ Steam Car Developments and Steam Aviation, June 1934
  12. ^ Flight Magazine, July 1942
  13. ^ The London Gazette, 4 June 1948, page 3327
  14. ^ "Messerschmitt Me 264". luft46.com. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 

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