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HISTORY OF FLYING CARS - Aviation Administration The...

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HISTORY OF FLYING CARS 1917-Glenn Curtiss, also known as the father of flying cars, unveiled his first flying car, the “Autoplane.” It was aluminum with three wings, a cars motor, and a four-bladed propeller. It could never sustain a flight. 1937-Waldo waterman developed the Arrowbile, which was a hybrid of the Studebaker. It had a propeller on the back and was powered by a typical 100-horse power engine. It also had three wheels and detachable wings for storage. 1946-Robet Fulton made the Airpibian. His flying car was different because he didn’t make a car fly; instead he tried to make a plane drivable. The wings and tail were removable for when driving, and the propeller could be put inside the plane’s fuselage. It only took five minutes to turn the plane to the car, and that’s why the Airphibian was the first flying car to be approved by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, which would later become the Federal
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Unformatted text preview: Aviation Administration. The Aiphibian had a 6-cylinder 150 horsepower engine that could fly at 120 mph and drive at 50 mph. The reason Fulton couldn’t mass produce it is because he could never find a dependable financial backer. • 1947-Theodore P. Hall sold his designs for the ConvAir to Consolidated-Vultee. His model was a 2-door sedan with detachable airplane unit. It could fly for up to 1 hour and had gas mileage of 45 mpg. However, the car never got marketed because of a crash on its 3 rd flight. • 1959-Moulton Taylor created the best-known and most successful flying car. The Aerocar had a 10-foot long drive shaft that connected the engine to a pusher propeller. It had a fiberglass shell around it and could go 120 mph in the air. It was the last flying car to date to receive the FAA approval. The Ford Motor Co. even considered marketing the Aerocar, but decided not to on account of the oil crisis....
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