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Message 1071215 - Posted: 27 Jan 2011, 20:13:16 UTC - in response to Message 1071203.  

Norway?


Wrong continent.

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Message 1071279 - Posted: 27 Jan 2011, 23:03:13 UTC

1909 Russia by Igor Sikorsky. The engine was used in the first helicopter prototype.




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Message 1071296 - Posted: 27 Jan 2011, 23:35:10 UTC - in response to Message 1071279.  

1909 Russia by Igor Sikorsky. The engine was used in the first helicopter prototype.


Correct year. Wrong country, wrong mad inventor (big hint). The helicopter is getting close though.

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Message 1071307 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 0:08:08 UTC - in response to Message 1071296.  

1909 Russia by Igor Sikorsky. The engine was used in the first helicopter prototype.


Correct year. Wrong country, wrong mad inventor (big hint). The helicopter is getting close though.

That would make it Glen Curtis, New York someplace, and it would have gone into an experimental airplane. (NOTE that ALL airplanes at that time were experimental).


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Message 1071321 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 1:02:18 UTC - in response to Message 1071307.  

That would make it Glen Curtis, New York someplace, and it would have gone into an experimental airplane. (NOTE that ALL airplanes at that time were experimental).


So close John! Glen Curtiss was part of this story (another big clue), but that is not him in the picture, and that is not New York. Yes, it was an airplane, but a particularly historic one, even for 1909.

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Message 1071325 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 1:18:41 UTC

W. Starling Burgess?

Massachusetts?

Went into the first commercially saleable airplane?




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Message 1071344 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 2:14:27 UTC - in response to Message 1071325.  

W. Starling Burgess?

Not involved at all, but I admire your knowledge of old flyers.

Massachusetts?

Wrong country. (your next hint)

Went into the first commercially saleable airplane?

No. But that raises an interesting question. The Wright Brothers took several years to sell their first airplane, which probably makes the Wright Flyer the first saleable airplane, but not the first sold. So who did the first commercial transaction? I'm off to Google to find out.


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Message 1071348 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 3:02:48 UTC

1909.

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Silver Dart.

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Message 1071349 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 3:05:59 UTC

Looks like the engine and chain drive from the Wright Flier itself.

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Message 1071471 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 10:22:25 UTC

Beinn Bhreagh Nova Scotia,
Alexander Graham Bell on the HD-4 hydrofoil boat

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Message 1071490 - Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 13:09:32 UTC - in response to Message 1071348.  

1909.

Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Silver Dart.


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The Silver Dart was the first heavier than air flying machine designed, built and tested in Canada, or anywhere in the British Empire, when it first flew in February 1909. Some uppity Brits contest that last bit, because the engine was built by Glenn Curtiss in Hammondsport, NY to the designs of Bell's Canadian/Scottish/US team.

This photo shows the ice sled used to test the engine and train pilots (see the little dummy elevator at the front?), and was taken on frozen Bras D'Or Lake only a few days before the first flight.

Carlos, I would have taken Beinn Bhreagh for the location, that was the name of Bell's estate overlooking the lake. But the SD-4 was a very different looking beast with twin Renault automobile engines. And it wasn't built until 1910.

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