Milwaukee's Flying Machine
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Dr. A. Rudolph Silverston's vacu-aerial flying machine, as seen from the rear.
Image ID: 10085
Creation Date: 1912 ca.
Creator Name: Unknown
Collection Name: Kaminski, John G., 1893-1960 : Papers, 1912-1960
Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number: Milw Mss 146
Original Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 inches
In the years after the Wright Brothers' success, many others tried to emulate their achievement. A. Rudolph Silverston was one of those would-be inventors from Wisconsin. During 1907 and 1908 Dr. Rudolph Silverston persuaded several Milwaukee residents to invest in his machine, which consisted essentially of a propeller-created vacuum inside a large tube. The vacu-aerial was a failure at its public test at the 1908 Wisconsin State Fair. In 1912 Silverston built a second model that is seen here on the grounds of the Milwaukee College and School of Aviation which he also operated. That model was also a failure, a fact that probably prompted Silverston's prompted departure from Milwaukee and his investors.
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