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French Steam Powered Monoplane 1874 in sepia by Dennis Melling

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My vector drawing of an 1874 steam powered monoplane flying above Barda village in Romania, shown in sepia.

Felix du Temple de la Croix was a French Naval officer who received a patent for a flying machine in 1857. This version never flew, but the steam engine design was successfully used to power boats in later years.
By 1874, he had developed a lightweight steam-powered monoplane which flew short distances under its own power after takeoff from a ski-jump.

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  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Mellingabout 2 years ago

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.about 2 years ago


  • Thank you Nicole, the feature is very much appreciated :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeabout 2 years ago

    Great Job on this, very streampunk :)

  • :) It’s amazing how long ago men were flying but this guy converted his skills to boats (much safer :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 2 years ago


    fabulous work .. many congrats on the feature

  • Thank you Angel – very appreciated :)

    – Dennis Melling

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