Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Aerial Locomotive

I ran across this at a fleamarket, someone used paraffin to attach this to a piece of cardboard it seemed very old but I didn't think it was real.

Turns out there really was a Rufus Porter trying to do this.

R. Porter & company really did have plans to build this, and it would have been 100 years ahead of the German Zeppelin.  It looks like it may have worked too.

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More Interesting reading on this:
Mystery Airships of the 1800's
Mystery Airships: The Steampunk UFOs Part Three
Flying Machines - Rufus Porter
Townsend Historical Society - Rufus Porter
Rufus Porter Museum - Chronology of Rufus Porter's Life

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I thought it was a gag as well..I have an original one as well..I figure someone put the one you have on a backer board because the paper is fragile..but its so interesting.