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Berliner helicopter - 1908

The first manned US vertical flight machine appears to have been developed by Emile Berliner and John Newton Williams. Berliner was an inventor who developed the disk-type phonograph record and designed what may be the first production rotary aircraft engine, the 36hp Adams-Farwell engine. In 1908, Williams constructed a coaxial machine for Berliner using two of these rotary engines. It reportedly lifted both Williams and the machine – a total of 277kg – but was probably steadied from the ground. In May, 1908, Williams built another stand in Hammondsport, New York, as a member of the famed Aerial Experiment Association (which included Alexander Bell and Glenn Curtiss), using a 40hp Curtiss engine. It made hovers around 1m, again steadied from the ground.

Don Bristol, e-mail, 14.05.2017reply

Hi Charles, I am from Derby Conn., and have and interest in history. You mentioned you have photographs and documents of your great grandfathers aircraft, I would appreciate seeing them and if willing receive copies. If not all at least one of him and his newly invented helicopter. Thank you Don

Charles P Harson, e-mail, 17.01.2012reply

John Newton Williams was my great grandfather. I have photographs and documentation of this aircraft.

Brooke Williams, e-mail, 22.09.2020 Charles P Harson

Hello Charles, I am doing some research into my family history and saw this thread. John Newton Williams is my great, great grandfather. We should share information. Thanks.


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