note that we have a date and time change for the premiere – it is now on
May 10th at 8PM
A new part of the “Confederate Flying Machine” documentary has just been released. Watch it here
The Mad Systems team is at work building the craft here
The “Confederate Flying Machine” National Geographic documentary premieres on TV in the USA on the 10th May 2012 at 8PM. Mad Systems had the privilege to be involved (very involved…) with the project, and we look forward to seeing this controversial story.
The history of aviation will never be the same.
Recently uncovered documents from the 1860s provide strong and shocking evidence that, long before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, desperate inventors and engineers imagined steam-powered flying machines that would decide the Civil War. In the early 1860s, A Mississippi Doctor with a passion for birds and an obsession with the idea of manned flight makes a scale model of what he hopes will become the first heavier-than-air war-plane. Tethered to a locomotive, his model becomes airborne. But his requests for funding are rejected by the Virginia Legislature and the Engineering Department, leaving him no choice but to turn to the Confederate soldiers themselves to finance the building of a fleet of these flying machines. While he never raises more than a few hundred dollars before the war ends, it is impossible not to wonder – what if? Follow EXPLORER as we unravel the story of Civil War aviation and attempt to build and fly a full-scale 19th century airplane of our own.