Category:Maxim's Experimental Flying Machine

The Experimental Flying Machine was a project initiated and financed by the inventor and industrialist Hiram Maxim in the 1890s. The machine was described at some length in an article in the April 1895 issue of Cassier's Magazine. From the article it appears that the machine was steam-driven, had two propellers, weighed 4 tonnes and had a calculated uplift of 5 tonnes. It was started from a length of railroad track and said to be airborne at the speed of 40 miles. It was alleged to have done this in 1894 with Maxim aboard. However, as there were no means of three-dimensional steering, it could not be described as a true flying machine.