The Flying Car…A Dream…A Fantasy…Or Reality
For decades the idea of a vehicle that you can fly and drive has had a place in people’s minds. This idea was first thought of by Glenn Curtiss. That was the same man who founded the Wright-Curtiss Flying School where my aunt learned to fly.
In 1917 the vehicle was called The Curtiss Autoplane a d Glen Curtiss was thought of as The Father of the Flying Car. It never flew but the vehicle “sported three wings that spanned 40 feet. The car’s motor drove a four-bladed propeller at the rear of the car. The Autoplane never truly flew but it did manage a few short hops.”
It wasn’t untill 19?? that a man named “Molt” Taylor invented a vehicle called the Aerocar that became the most well-known flying car. It was approved by the FAA in 19??? (www.howstuffworks.com/flyingcar
In 19?? Jake Shultz, the author of Driving Through The Clouds, gave me permission to quote from is book. This book traces the story of the America and from its beginning. It’s more a fabulous story about the fantasy that became a partial reality.
More about Aerocar and transition.
1956 for the birth of th Aerocar. The research I’ve done about the flying cars is very confusing. Different sites give conflicting dates of different flying cars. I am just going to profile only the Aerocar.
This vehicle was received FAA registration as an airplane but no certification as a car.
The Aerocar was first built in 1949 by Molt Taylor. “The idea behind the “It was a time when popular science magazine was predicting that everyone would own a flying car by the year 2000″…The idea behind the Aerocar was that once you reach the airport you could fold up the wingman drive it back to your own garage.” http://www.transeum.com/weird-car/thetayloraerocar.