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Questions tagged [flying-machines]

For questions involving flying objects that are heavier than air. This includes airplanes, helicopters and other types of aircraft. For questions about rocket-propelled craft, consider [rockets]. For questions about lighter-than-air craft, use [airships].

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What is the earliest time a pulsejet could be built?

Let's assume that some wealthy characters somehow find the plans for a valveless pulsejet. How is not important. Maybe there was a time travel incident, or some Atlantean book was unearthed, or ...
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Mechanically correct rotorcraft aerial ship

I am taking a page from the Anatomically Correct Series here. But instead of a living organism, I'd like to ask about a special kind of vessel. I like ships. They are big and confortable. They have ...
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Would an actively camouflaging airship cast a shadow?

I am currently writing about a military society that enforces its subjects using Acer-class airships. Picture the USS Iowa, except flying and with enough supplies for a year in the air. The only ...
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Could an Earth-like world use airships as heavy cargo haulers?

I'd like to have freights transported across my world by airship heavy cargo haulers with some passenger variants as well. Imagine the scene with such airships soaring above the land, floating ...
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Could a solar system exist inside of a nebula which is made of breathable gases?

Far, far away from the Earth, there is a nebula. An enormous cloud made of 78% nitrogen, 20% oxygen and 2% other non-lethal materials. These gases swirl around a star, and the pressure around it is ...
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Is it possible to create a small aircraft drawn by flying creatures?

I would want to create a realistic spin on the "chariot drawn by flying creatures" as often seen in fantasy, such as Santa Claus' sled drawn by flying reindeer etc. My idea is for a vessel ...
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Steam powered airships [duplicate]

So is it possible that an airship could actually fly using a steam engine? For example a blimp like airship that could carry a dozen or so people, as well as coal for a fuel source, and obviously a ...
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