History of the Flying Car From 1841 to Now

Steve_UK

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I'm not a pilot but have been lucky enough to fly in Mi-24 Hind, Mi-2, Mi-17, Lynx HAS3, Gliders, GA
I've seen a Horse Fly..........but I ain't seen no elephant fly......Dumbo c1941
 

farmer jim

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Someday we may wet, Steve, and you could actually see an elllyppphant fly ?!

fj

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All_In

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Not sure over 10,000+ logged FW, 260+ ultralights, sailplane, hang-gliders
I think it does if:
a) you covered at least the distance the Wright brothers did on their first flight.
b) you walked away from the landing....;-)

OK we did not fly that far. Bummer.

Well now that you explained the rules next time I'll get the heavy weight witnesses/victims out of the car to just watch and PUNCH IT. Next year at B-Days and we will see?

My victims friends will probably enjoy it more watching from the ground anyway! You should have seen our faces when we landed?

PS:
And next time I'll get FULL insurance and a new replacement car, right after the landing? I'll have 3 ways to pay for it this time.
 
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StanFoster

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John- That was the wildest car ride I had ever been in.

I can not believe the air bags didn't deploy!
 

okikuma

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The Fulton Airphibian would be my choice if I desired a roadable airplane/flying car.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK5HK-7hPTE

I personally had seen the flying AVE Mizar Ford Pinto up close at Van Nuys Airport and flying over my house when I was a young teen, and remember the day it crashed in the Sepulveda Basin.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzv4q5EEy1k

Dezso Molner and Joe Carvella are members of EAA Chapter 40 at Whiteman Airport, and each are developing their own flying roadable vehicles.

http://www.dezsomolnar.com/

http://www.caravella.aero/

Mounting a Rogallo Wing onto a dirt bike makes the most sense to me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLygZUrLv9M

I'm surprised that no one yet has created a roadable flying trike.

The Bi-wing Flying Flea format could be used for a roadable aircraft.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQJ6wjBPTzw

Wayne
 
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StanFoster

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I knew the designer of the Terrafugia car....Sam Schweighart. He lived in my hometown of Paxton, Il and graduated from my same high school.

I built a curved stairway for his brother Tom.

Sam was a very brilliant and honest person, but when you get big money involved, it takes on a life of its own as others get in control.
 

Doug Riley

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Igor Bensen claimed that the B-8M was "roadable." I suspect that the DMV would disagree. Never mind lights, let's start with that murderous open propeller.

I had VW engine trouble in my first gyro all the time. Once, I landed on a residential cul-de-sac with the engine still running, stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with the main road and tied off my blades with the belt from my pants, then drove the gyro back to the airport. That doesn't make it legal or safe, though.

The issue with "roadable" aircraft is the same as the issue with combination tools ("It's a crescent wrench -- it's a screwdriver -- it's a can opener..."). The design goals for the items you're combining are seriously at odds with one another. You end up with a flimsy car or a heavy pig of a plane... or, heaven forbid, both.

Like a cross between a dachshund and a great Dane, some hybrids just weren't meant to be.

A plane or gyro that can self-propel down to the airport using a low-power drive to one wheel is perfectly possible. It just won't really be a car or a bike -- simply an aircraft that can taxi safely on the streets for a short distance; a big moped. It will be too flimsy to go fast or tolerate rough roads.
 
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