A Dream of Airliners

Men dream, these men dreamt of airliners.

The wings vibrated as the tiny steam engine spun.
“Good to go.” Called Henson.
Stringfellow released the tail and the Aerial ran along the line gathering speed, as it came free at the end the wings lifted it and the machine flew across the room, dropping into the catch net at the far end.
For a moment the engineers looked stunned, then grinned and shook each other’s hands.
The world’s first powered flying machine, the first aeroplane (albeit a model), had flown.

The first step to realising their dream had been made.

Stringfellow Monoplane 1848
The First Aeroplane

John Stringfellow and William Henson built the first working model aircraft in 1848, and flew it in a large room of the mill Stringfellow owned in Chard, Somerset.
They dreamt of building a massive steam powered airliner.

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The Aerial over London

This was written in response to this week’s prompt at the #carrotranch. Apparently the reference has something to do with pop music, however my knowledge of popular music is limited, particularly after the beginning of the last century, so a true historical tale instead,


June 18, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes good vibrations. What is unfolding? Is someone giving off or receiving the feeling? Where is the story situated? Gather some good vibes and go where the prompt leads!

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Filed under Flight, Scientific History, Victorian

6 responses to “A Dream of Airliners

  1. Getting the airplane up is exciting; bringing it back down safely seems a different emotion. Thanks for your interesting history, Gordon!

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  3. Sorry, enthusiastic vibrations shot my comment off far too soon. We lived in Broadway just three miles from Chard in Somerset. Your historic tale gave me a whisk back three years, to the last time we were there. I enjoyed the story and the trip down memory lane.

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    • I remember seeing the tag line on the Chard town sign – ‘Birthplace of Powered Flight’, also Henson went on to develope the modern safety razor, not such an exciting tag line.

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