Auto Strapped To Plane Is Tested One Mile Above Earth (May, 1935)

What exactly were they testing? Did they think the car would evaporate at high altitude?

Auto Strapped To Plane Is Tested One Mile Above Earth

A SPECTACULAR “first time in history” —an automobile actually taken for a mile high joy ride—recently astonished onlookers at Floyd Bennet Field, New York.

The plane was a giant Uppercu-Burnelli transport. With a 12-foot wide cabin, there was more than enough room between the wheels of the landing gear to strap on a standard 1935 automobile.

The thrilling adventure was an aviator’s dream come true—a practical realization of the “Flying Tank” pictured on the July, 1932, cover of Modern Mechanix and Inventions. Heralding the introduction of new war time practices, transport planes could secretly land armored cars or radio controlled tanks behind enemy lines at night. Even light artillery or ambulance cars might be moved by air in this manner.

5 comments
  1. Kryten007 says: May 3, 200712:14 pm

    I’m not sure *exactly* what they were testing, but I think it involved vodka martinis, tuxedos, and Walther PPKs…

  2. Stannous says: May 3, 20071:36 pm

    “The thrilling adventure was an aviator’s dream come true”

    It was clearly a MUCH simpler time, with simpler dreams…

  3. Stannous says: May 3, 20071:38 pm

    And is that an article about medical marijuana or gasohol mentioned on the cover?

  4. Blurgle says: May 3, 20073:35 pm

    The thrill was that they’d designed an aircraft large and powerful enough and with a wide enough body to haul an external load as large and as heavy as an automobile. That was a big step in 1935.

  5. Emcha says: May 3, 200711:10 pm

    Is that Burnelli UB-20? Haven’t seen that car thing before.

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