The Dream of Flying

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  The First Airscrew (1784).  

The ingenious Jean-Pierre Blanchard fitted a six-bladed propeller to the car of the balloon the used in London in the fall of 1784. The passenger was Doctor John Sheldon of the Royal Academy and the date was October the 16th.

Blanchard called the propeller "moulinet" ("little windmill"). It was rotated by hand and did probably not much use, but nevertheless, it was the first time an airscrew was used on an aircraft of full size and carrying men.





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Lars Henriksson

Updated 2009-05-13