Daniel Mackney’s Flying Machine – 1911
The following brief article appeared in The Bridgeport Evening Farmer, on March 7, 1911. The man in the story, Daniel Mackney, lived on Colonial Ave. in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Boy Of 19 Has Novel Plan For Flying Machine
“Daniel Mackney, 19, who lives on Colonial Avenue, believes he has solved the problem of aerial navigation, and he will seek an opportunity to present his sketches and possibly a small model of his aeroplane to the Aero Club of Connecticut at its next meeting.
Mr. Mackney’s plan calls for a machine with four planes driven by a propeller of 12 angles. The lifting power is to come from air forced by the engine until it impacts against the planes from the underside. The sketch also shows a novel form of brake, useful for holding the plane in position before it is ready to start, thus dispensing with the services of the four or five men now used to hold some machines back until things are ready for the flight.”