Aeolipile, (1896), Langley


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.



Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Two burner units attached to a copper-coiled evaporating tube. Evaporating coil is contained inside a metal housing cover. This object is part of the vintage 1896 gasoline burner line, featured in Vol. 27, No. 3, Pl. 12, Picture "M","Langley Memoir of Mechanical Flight", p. 57. PLEASE NOTE: Vol. 27, No. 3, Pl. 26a ("Details AERODROME No. 5, Half Size, Metric Scale"), decribes this object as being an "Aeolipile."
  • Stored with A19820797000

Credit Line

Transferred from the Smithsonian Institution to the United States National Museum.

Country of Origin

United States of America


Copper Alloy; Steel


  • 3-D: 17.8 x 13 x 5.7cm (7 x 5 1/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
  • Storage: 45.7 x 32.4 x 8.3cm (18 x 12 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum