Original steam engine and boiler made for Stringfellow flying machine of 1847-8.

Image number: 10216133

Original steam engine and boiler made for Stringfellow flying machine of 1847-8.

John Stringfellow (1799-1883) flew the world's first powered aeroplane in 1848. After much development, this steam-powered model was capable of climbing flight using its own power and could sustain distances of up to 120 feet. Perhaps the most famous of Stringfellow's flying machines was his steam-powered triplane of 1868, which was exhibited at Crystal Palace in London, England. Some of his experimental model aeroplanes are preserved at the Science Museum in London.

Image number:
10216133
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 13:11
Image rights:
Science Museum