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Civil War Planes

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In a recent post, Tom Paone described the plans of William Powell, a resident of Mobile, Alabama, for a Confederate helicopter. In fact, Powell’s scheme was only the tip of the iceberg. In researching a scholarly paper on Civil War Planes, I have catalogued a score of plans for powered flying machines developed on both   …Continue Reading


Plans for the Little Known Confederate Helicopter

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As my colleague Dr. Tom Crouch referenced in a previous post, our nation is currently in the midst of commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (or sesquicentennial for you Latin fans).  While other branches of the Smithsonian, such as the National Museum of American History and National Portrait gallery, have a wide   …Continue Reading