Sunday 3rd October 1830
Born on this day, George B. Brayton received a U.S. patent for a gas-powered engine (No. 125,166). Its principle of continuous ignition later became the basis for the turbine engine. A pressurized air-fuel mixture from a reservoir was ignited upon entering a water-cooled cylinder. The Brayton engine was tried in watercraft, one of John Holland’s submarines and one for a few months installed in a carriage (1872-3). He held British patent Jul 1890, No. 11,062.