September 18, 2012


Many years ago, the Sea Lord asked me if a steam-powered airplane had ever flown successfully.  I was fairly sure that none had, and I thought my confidence justified because I was sure I'd have heard about such a craft if it had existed.

It turns out I was wrong on both counts, and I'd like to correct the record:

In 1933, the Bessler Brothers built and flew the world's first and only successul steam-engine airplane.

At the end of the article, there's a video clip from contemporary film reels.  If you want to go straight to the fun stuff, here it is.


Blogger First Sea Lord said...

It can burn regular oil, and reverse thrust. Very interesting. Annoying to have your boiler water freeze up, I imagine.

September 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More fun stuff here:

September 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM  

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