Friday, August 13, 2010
Hélica, Steampowered Plane Without Wings
In 1919 Marcel Leyat founded a French automobile factory. Its first model was known as the Hélica, a plane without wings, capable of carrying multiple passengers. The vehicle was steered by turning the rear wheels, and powered by a large propeller powered by a an 8 bhp (boiler horse power) engine. The 550 pound body of the Hélica was made of wood, and reached a speed of 106 mph in a 1927 race.