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Stringfellow Flying Machine
The Stringfellow Flying Machine of 1848 was built by John Stringfellow using a Henson steam engine modified by himself. The model was demonstrated attached to a cable inside a lace production shed at Chard, Somerset, England and at Cremorne Gardens in 1848 flying a distance of 40 m before crashing into a wall. Having a wingspan of 10.5 feet and a wing surface area of 12 square feet, it used a six and three-quarter pound engine.  This was the first successful flight by a heavier-than-air machine to fly under its own power.

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