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Sverchkov Cycloplane

This strange machine with shovel-shaped paddle-wheel rotors that were intended to give direct lift, controlled by a system of springs and eccentrics, was built in 1909 at the expense of the Main Engineering Directorate of the Russian Army (GINJU). In the same year it was exhibited and even won a medal at the St. Petersburg Exposition of Modern Inventions. However, when tested, the machine refused to even move.

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