Air-powered Tricycle (Oct, 1937)

Air-powered Tricycle

UP IN Fairbanks, Alaska, a youth who likes to tinker has converted a discarded airplane dolly, an old bicycle wheel, and wrecked airplane parts, into an air-powered tricycle which attains a speed of 15 m.p.h.

The body of the 8-foot vehicle is formed from the reversed tail of an airplane. A rubber-tired airplane dolly provides the rear wheels. A single bicycle wheel, mounted to run in reverse, is used in front. In place of the conventional steering mechanism, a joy stick is used.

A one-place cockpit for the driver is built into the fuselage. An old 2-cylinder airplane motor and a small aluminum propeller are mounted directly behind the driver, and the spinning blade is covered by screening during operation. For winter use, skis will replace the wheels.

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  1. Bill Thompson says: February 20, 20137:09 pm

    Oh, well, the prop is covered by screening during operation. That’s a relief — until I read that, I thought this was INSANELY DANGEROUS. Unless, of course, the screening contacts the spinning prop and is ripped loose, and turned into a whirling steel flail. Nope, still insanely dangerous. Just looking at thing scares the crap outta me. And makes me a little jealous of living in an era when old airplane parts are apparently just lyin’ around for enterprising kids to tinker with.

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