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Horgan 1903 Flying Machine

This unusual ornithopter was designed by William C. Horgan together with partners Theophilus Williams and M. Halsinger. It had six wings attached along each side of its five-foot diameter tubular fuselage, intended to make 90 beats per minute driven by a 3.5 hp vapour engine. The framework was made of aluminium and was claimed to weigh only 200 lbs, with the passengers intended to sit in a cage below the fuselage. The machine crashed during a test, putting an end to the Canadian-born Chicago inventor's dreams of profitable passenger-carrying flights and his plans to participate in the 1904 St Louis Aeronautic Competition.

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