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Milwaukee's Flying Machine

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Dr. A. Rudolph Silverston's vacu-aerial flying machine, as seen from the rear.
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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