Stentzel's flying machine, 19th century

Stentzel's flying machine, 19th century

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Caption: Stentzel's flying machine, 19th-century artwork. This flying machine was designed by an Arthur Stentzel, from Altona, Prussia (now Germany). This design of 1896 followed several years of experimenting with gliders. The wings here are around 6.5 metres across. This design was exhibited in Berlin, hanging on the wire shown here. Like other early gliding machines of this era, it included cylinders of carbonic acid that would produce carbon dioxide gas as a propellent. Speeds of 4.5 metres per second were obtained. Artwork from the 19th volume (first period of 1897) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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