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Posted in Instagram by rosslandmuseum. Does any one have more info?



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What do you mean,or what was the helicopter you ask about it ?,I can't see only one in a book
or magazine.

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The model in the glass display?? it looks like a fantasy design with no true substance! I doubt it was even a project...



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I know this one!

It was a steam-powered helicopter that was made by a guy named Lou Gagnon in the early 1900s. There is a hotel and pub over in Rossland that was named after it, supposedly it was established on the site where it was tested and crashed. I could never find a picture of it but chances are it looks like the one on the logo. Not sure about the model KQstardust posted, that was probably what the design was supposed to evolve to.

Alright I looked more into it and from the looks of it the helicopter was tested on the roof in 1902. Here is more info from the website...

https://theflyingsteamshovel.com/history



-- Edited by Pepper on Thursday 14th of May 2020 08:48:12 PM



-- Edited by Pepper on Thursday 14th of May 2020 09:17:31 PM

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Or I could be totally wrong about what it looked like and should have looked a tad more into it before posting. I found this after a quick Google image session. I guess the model is actually the more accurate representation. I wonder what that is in the logo then? Maybe another Gagnon design or a random machine that aesthetically fits that era? Questions. They need answers.

https://www.tbt.wiki/post/3708125357271525334314



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Something with such mass and minimal lifting surfaces actually managed to generate lift before it dropped like a brick??? How??? im a bit sceptical :/



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You'd think Mr. Gagnon would have made preliminary sketches to base his construction of it but I guess not, or maybe none survived. At a time when cameras were not readily available to capture a surprise moment like that all there would be are eyewitness impressions. What I'm saying basically is that the sketch probably has some errors comparing to the real thing but its the best we have to go on.



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Leela25 wrote:

Something with such mass and minimal lifting surfaces actually managed to generate lift before it dropped like a brick??? How??? im a bit sceptical :/


 Well it did crash, only after a short hop from the hotel roof... but I do agree that the claims come across as exaggerated. You can churn out several RPMs to produce lifting power but without proper weight distribution it won't go far, maybe wobble and flip over. It goes without saying that steam engines are very heavy. I think the 200 ft. claim is a sensational remark that discounts the fact that it was already elevated high off of the ground during its take off.



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