Dayton Inventor Flies Successfully
Without an Engine
Special to The New York Times
The airman proved to be Charles E. Stacy, a local inventor, experimenting with his new aeroplane with wings, which he believes has solved the perplexing problem of aerial navigation without the use of artificial motive power. The aviator made six short flights to-day and said that while the invention is not entirely perfected, he believes that it is sufficiently well advanced to assure ultimate success.
"The machine is of the soaring type," said Mr. Stacy. "It is an ornithopter, which means that it soars like a bird. We have been attempting to complete an invention that had been abandoned many years ago."
Mr. Stacy said that the flights to-day were made at the rate of about twenty-five miles an hour. He would not discuss the character of the propelling force, as he declared this to be a secret.
Published: October 18, 1911
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Courtesy of Gary Wysong, 10-28-07