The first aeroplane?
By WALTON, W.L., 1842
The Engraving of the First Carriage, the “Ariel” is respectfully inscribed to the Directors of the Aerial Transit Company, by their obedient Servants, The Publishers.
- Author: WALTON, W.L.
- Publication place: [London
- Publisher: W. Ackermann & Co., Strand
- Publication date: 1842].
- Physical description: Lithograph, trimmed at lower edge.
- Dimensions: Image: 229 by 305mm (9 by 12 inches). Sheet: 285 by 320mm (11.25 by 12.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12388
Unfortunately, however, the Ariel was incapable of sustained flight, since it had insufficient power from its heavy steam engine to fly. A more successful model was built in 1848 which was able to fly for small distances within a hangar. They were also plagued by public suspicions that the whole project was a hoax.
W.L. Walton (fl.1834–55) was a British engraver active in Paris.