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A SUCCESSFUL AIRSHIP.

MR STANLEY SPENCER'S INVENTION United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. (Received October 22nd, 9.37 a.m.) LONDON, October 21. "Mr Stanley Spencer made a successful airship voyage from Blackpool to Preston. A high wind was blowing at the time. On September 19ta Mr Spencer made a lhirtv-t»_ c trip over London in his ship. Dm "journey occupied three hours. Describing his flight he raid:"At «ne time I feared an exp.osion of >be balloon, but the automatic valve prevented a catastrophe. The engine also threatened to ignite the gas of the bai•oon, but this danger I also overcame. "I had the machine under perfect control and I coM turn in any direction. The •people in the London thoroughfares looked likes lines of ante. "When I alighted the machine came down so. lightly that a child might have lieen under it 'without being hurt. The distance covered was much farther than it first reported, being fully thirty miles. **l" dropped balls as I went along. It shows what an army could do with an airship carrying bombs. My ship differs from -Santos-Dumont's in that it is propelled in front*. Its speed is 7_ miles an hour. "My present ship is a one-man affair, but I can make one to acco_unodate any reas—table number of persons." The bag of his balloon, which is seventyfive feet long, contains 20,000 cubic feet of hydrogen gas. The frame is built of bamboo, and the propeller is in front instead of belli_d„as i» the case with Santos "DumosVt vesse—. The motive power of Spencer's machone is a pc-oleum motor of about thirty horse-power, and the maef&ery is controlled by electrical buttons. The t—treme speed of the new airship in c_m weather is about fifteen miles an hour. The machine accommodates only one person, and its entire weight is about 6001b. Special features of the airsibip are devices to avoid pitching and dipping.

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A SUCCESSFUL AIRSHIP., Press, Volume LIX, Issue 11411, 23 October 1902

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A SUCCESSFUL AIRSHIP. Press, Volume LIX, Issue 11411, 23 October 1902

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