Back Powers helicopter
1862 - project

Powers helicopter project

Captain Powers was inspired to invent his flying machine by the Union blockade of Confederate ports. He thought of it as a wonderful means to get around the Union Navy which was preventing the import of badly needed war supplies. In addition, he also saw his invention as an excellent device for observation and reconnaissance work. It was a crude-looking machine and had hardly any resemblance to an aircraft. The helicopter had two rotor units in the form of spiralling screws which were supposed to lift the craft vertically, and a series of similar units on the sides for propelling it through the skies. Presumably a steam engine was to be the power source.

The Confederate officer's helicopter design is a comparatively recent discovery. It is said that he never tried to build a full-scale model of his flying machine because he was afraid it might fall into Union hands and be used against the Southerners. He need not have troubled himself with this thought. According to aviation authorities, his helicopter never would have left the ground under any circumstances.

Frank Ross Jr. "Flying Windmills", 1953

Terrence Murphy, e-mail, 21.06.2014

If I remember correctly, there was an experimental Army vehicle back in the 60's that used that huge driving screw method (2 of them) to go through swamps and mud. It never was accepted or produced.

agentii de pariuri, e-mail, 17.11.2010

Case de pariuri recomandate partyBets linkuri Utile

hgg, 16.02.2009

pang bobo

jiji, 16.02.2009


keishunn, e-mail, 12.01.2009

i like that.

tits, 18.06.2008

-18 1i 18 1i,19 1j 25 1j 34 1j 45 1j 5a 1j 6d 1j 7g 1j 8n 1l a4 1n bn 1o d2 1p eg 1q g0 1s hh 1s j3 1r kn 1p mc 1m nv 1e pc 13 qm h rh -4 s5 -v sg -1u,15q 6i 176 84 18b 99,1bc me 1c9 nd 1db o9 1ek p6 1g3 q3 1ho qs 1ji rh 1ld s2 1n9 sf,1q4 138 1qs 13t 1rt 14n 1t6 15g 1ui 165 203 16r 21m 17d,23g 1e8 24d 1er 25j 1fd 275 1fu 28p 1ga,2qb 3av 2r6 3c2 2s8 3d4 2tr 3ea 2vm 3fc 31m 3gc 339 3h5,337 3h0 344 3h9,342 3h9 490 3hq,48t 3hq 49o 3hq 4aq 3hq 4c7 3hm 4dl 3ha 4f5 3gp 4gc 3g7 4hi 3fi 4im 3eq 4jm 3e1 4ko 3d0 4ll 3br 4md 3an 4n0 39j 4ne 38h 4nt 379 4oe 35p 4op 34f 4p3 332 4pe 31j,4sl 3be 4to 3bh 4v2 3bi 50e 3bk 51v 3bk 53i 3bl,4sq 3bc 4s2 3bd 4r5 3bn 4q6 3cf 4pa 3da 4od 3ed 4nj 3ff 4mj 3gm 4lc 3i1 4k0 3je 4id 3kp 4gk 3m0 4f5 3ms 4dm 3nm 4c4 3oe 4aj 3p5 491 3pr 47f 3qh 45u 3r5 44d 3ro 42d 3sf 40b 3t1 3u9 3th 3s7 3tv 3q5 3uc 3o3 3uo 3m0 3v1 3js 3v9 3hp 3ve 3fn 3vh 3dk 3vh 3bi 3vg 39g 3vb 37f 3v6 35e 3uu 33d 3um 31c 3uc 2vb 3u0 2td 3th 2rf 3t0 2ph 3sb 2nk 3rk 2lp 3qr 2ju 3q0 2i5 3p2 2ge 3o3 2eq 3n2 2d6 3m1 2bl 3ku 2a6 3jp 28o 3ii,28o 3ii 27c 3ha 264 3g0 24u 3el 23o 3da 22k 3bu 21g 3ai 20c 395 1va 37o 1ub 36b 1td 34u 1si 33h 1rt 32b 1ra 313,-1c7 -j9 -1du -j8 -1fn -j7 -1hh -j7,-1hb -j7 -1ht -j7,-1cb -j9 -1bi -j9 -1am -j9 -19o -j9,-19m -j9 -18u -j9 -185 -j9 -17c -j9 -16j -j9 -15q -j9,-17 1h -1p 1h -2f 1e -36 13,-1ht -j8 -1in -j8 -1jn -j8 -1kr -j8 -1lr -j8 -1mr -j9 -1o0 -jb -1p9 -jf -1qe -jj -1ru -jq -1tb -k1 -1us -k9 -20g -kh -227 -kr -241 -l5 -25t -lf -27s -lo -29t -m1 -2c0 -m9,-2br -mb -2cj -mb -2di -mb -2ek -mb -2fo -mb -2h1 -m7 -2i5 -m2 -2j9 -lp -2kf -lc -2ln -kr -2n0 -ka -2oe -jp -2q1 -j8 -2rn -ij -2tf -hq -2va -gu -315 -g2 -333 -f9 -352 -em -372 -eb -391 -e9 -3b0 -eg -3cu -f0 -3eo -fo -3gb -gl -3hn -hp -3iq -j2 -3jk -ke -3k1 -lm,-3ou -li -3p7 -kj -3po -ji -3qh -ib -3ri -h4 -3su -fr,-da 14 -e8 1d -fb 1g -gk 1h -i2 1b -je v -kr h -m7 -1 -ni -l -oq -1c -pv -24 -r0 -2v -s3 -42 -sg -4j -sp -58 -sv -5u,-l7 5j -mn 5l -o8 5i -pp 5d -ra 53 -sq 4l -ua 44 -vp 3g -118 2o,-9p 4n -ak 4p -bk 4s -cp 50 -dr 52 -f0 54 -g5 58 -hb 5d -ig 5i -jj 5m -kl 5q -li 5r,-i7 5g -it 5g -jk 5h -kb 5h -l0 5h -lj 5k,-116 2r -121 2d -132 1s -143 1e -15b v -16q g -182 4 -19b -8 -1ao -l -1cb -16 -1e3 -1o -1g1 -2c -1i4 -2t -1jo -3a -1le -3m -1n6 -41 -1ov -4c -1qp -4n -1sl -51 -1ui -5a -20e -5j -22a -5q -245 -5v -260 -63 -27q -66 -29i -67 -2ba -68 -2d0 -69 -2el -6a -2ga -69 -2ht -68 -2k2 -65 -2m6 -61 -2o9 -5q -2qc -5j -2sf -5b -2ui -52 -30l -4q -32o -4i,-32h -4k -33e -4h -34h -4h,-34f -4f -35e -4f -36i -4f -37n -4f -394 -4k -3am -4s -3c6 -58 -3dl -5n -3f3 -69 -3ge -6v -3hj -7q -3ig -8n -3j8 -9m -3js -al -3kc -bk -3kp -cp,-3ss -fq -3th -f7 -3ua -ej -3v7 -dv -40d -d9 -41m -co -42u -ca -44b -bu -460 -bj -47q -bc -49l -b8 -4bh -b6 -4dd -b5 -4f8 -b7 -4h4 -ba -4j0 -bd -4ks -bj -4mp -bs -4ol -c7 -4qh -cj -4sd -d1 -4u8 -di -502 -e5 -51p -es -53e -fo -54u -gn -567 -hq -577 -ir -587 -k3 -58u -l9 -59k -mj -5a8 -o1 -5ar -ph -5bb -r3 -5bm -sn -5c1 -uc -5cb -101,-5ov -vp -5p2 -uk -5p9 -tb -5pl -rn -5q4 -q8 -5qr -ol -5rr -mq -5sq -lc -5tu -k0 -5v6 -im -60h -hf -61u -gb -63b -f8 -64p -e7 -668 -d7 -67m -c8 -694 -bb -6ai -af -6cd -9f -6e9 -8j -6g3 -7s -6ht -7a -6jm -6t -6lf -6l -6n6 -6i -6ol -6l -6pt -6t -6r6 -7f -6s9 -87 -6td -97 -6u9 -a8 -6v0 -bb -6vl -cq -701 -e6 -70b -fn -70g -hb -70g -j2,-6p8 -la -6o3 -la -6n1 -la -6hn -lb,-70g -j1 -70b -k8,-70a -kb -702 -lc,-70f -l0 -71c -ks -728 -kg -735 -k2 -747 -jg -75b -ir -76i -i6 -77s -hk -79c -h3 -7aq -gk -7cb -g5 -7e1 -fn -7fo -fb -7hh -f1 -7ja -en -7l4 -ef -7mu -e9 -7oo -e6 -7qj -e7 -7se -e9 -7u9 -ec -803 -ei -81u -eq,-83p -f4 -85k -ff -87e -fq -897 -g7 -8b0 -gm -8cn -h6 -8eb -ho -8fp -i9 -8gs -iq -8hs -jd,-6p9 -la -6pq -la,-6pp -l9 -6ro -lo,53i 3bn 54l 3bn 55s 3bn 57c 3bn 58p 3bn 5ab 3bn 5bu 3bn 5dk 3bn 5fc 3bn 5h3 3bo 5is 3bo 5kk 3bp 5md 3bq 5o7 3br 5q0 3bs 5rq 3bt 5tk 3bu 5ve 3bv 619 3c0 635 3c1 652 3c2 66v 3c2 68s 3c2 6ap 3c1 6cn 3bv 6el 3bs 6gj 3bo 6ih 3bi 6kg 3bb 6mf 3b2 6od 3ao 6qc 3ad 6sb 3a0 6u9 39k 708 395 726 38l 742 382 75t 37c 77m 36j 79d 35o 7b3 34r 7cm 33s 7e5 32q 7fg 31m 7go 30f 7ht 2v8 7iu 2u1 7jm 2sv,c3g -q c4m -i c5u 1,caa -5p cbc -52 cck -4b ce9 -3i cg5 -2p chq -29 cjg -1q cl5 -1f cmp -16 cod -11,-81p -eo -82h -es -839 -eo -847 -er -84v -f3,-82c -ev -834 -f2 -83o -f6,-8hp -jb -8ij -jp -8jf -kc -8kc -l3 -8la -m0 -8lu -mt -8mf -nt -8mt -p1 -8n7 -qb -8n7 -rn -8ms -t6 -8ma -uj -8le -vv -8km -114 -8jf -11u -8ht -12i -8g5 -133 -8ed -13i -8ci -13t -8al -144 -88i -14d -86t -14l -857 -14s -83g -153 -81r -158 -807 -15c -7u3 -15g,-7u3 -15g -7s0 -15m -7pt -15s -7np -15v -7ln -160 -7jl -160 -7hl -160 -7fm -161#1d 1j 1e 2p,au 1o b0 41#B 7n -100 7s,B 7l -118 7p,B 7b -126 7p,B 73 -13b 7m,B 6n -14c 7u,B 7d -155 82,B 6s -15m 7q,B 6f -16i 7l,S -3i6 -k6,G 35 -vp 5k,G 35 -12l 5k,G 35 -14k 5k,G 35 -166 5k,G -7nm -150 2r,G -8m0 -ov b8,S -5ah -qh,S 1rt 318,B -58l -m6 11o,B -57u -l1 10s,B -578 -k0 10l,B -56f -jc 105,B -55j -im 107,B -53v -h1 10a,B -l9 3 105,B -nl -13 10a,B -jm f vt,B 1sg 31s 10m,B 1sj 324 116,B 1sq 32g 10m,B 1t ...

Carl A. Helsing, e-mail, 07.03.2007

My guess--built by space aliens to fool us--it's actually an all terrain vehicle able to screw itself along the ground as in a movie I saw a few years ago.The vertical auger's are to make you think.(The auger's make fine post-hole digger's)Maybe it could be driven thru snow while raising the snow with the vertical auger's.Strangley,it may well have been an excavator of some type,the rudder-like apparatus being for purposes other than a rudder and making it seem to be aquatic or atmospheric transportation.I can't see it doinng anything at all without some type of engine power,which go's well with the name Captain "Power's".Depending on photo apparent "scale" size,at least a ton of good iron and steel.I will keep it in mind as a mystery.

Do you have any comments concerning this aircraft ?

Name   E-mail

All the World's Rotorcraft

Virtual Aircraft Museum