World’s First Steam-Driven Airplane

Thursday, April 12, 2012 — For years now we have been running about 140 very brief items of historical interest on the back page of our paper in a feature we call, “Admiral Fowle’s Piscataqua River Tidal Guide (Not for Navigational Purposes).” We love putting that page together; due to its limited space it is an ideal opportunity to practice the journalistic virtue of concision.

Also, for years now, we’ve been under-using the spiffy and infinitely-elastic medium you are now reading.

Today it occurred to us that we might meld our passion with our deficiency by selecting a single item daily and expanding upon it.

Let the experiment begin; first the item as we ran it in our current issue, then the additional material:

April 12, 1933 — In Oakland, the Besler brothers fly a nearly-silent steam-powered airplane.”

Here’s more, from Popular Science, thanks to

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