Inventor Makes Propeller-Driven Tricycle (Nov, 1928)

Inventor Makes Propeller-Driven Tricycle

A THREE-WHEELED vehicle constructed of airplane parts and powered by a two-cylinder motor and small propeller has been designed by John Dacy, a young inventor of Zion City, Ill.

The rear part of the machine consists of an airplane landing gear on which is mounted the motor and propeller. In front of this is the pilot’s seat, suspended from a frame of steel tubing. The lone front wheel is connected by chain and wire to the steering apparatus.

The propeller develops tremendous pushing power and gives the machine such high speed that its owner has no fear of traffic officers.

9 comments
  1. George says: February 8, 20107:46 pm

    “The propeller develops tremendous pushing power and gives the machine such high speed that its owner has no fear of traffic officers.”

    Does that mean no worries about being considered a nuisance because it’s so slow, or does it go so fast they can’t catch him?

  2. William Deering says: February 8, 20107:46 pm

    John must think he’s faster than a speeding bullet since he “has no fear of traffic officers”. Of course, he may never drive around anywhere but that field where pictured; not onto public roads under the jurisdiction of traffic laws. Yet, if John Dacy never respected the law is he wearing body armor under his suit?

  3. deja says: February 8, 20108:38 pm

    About 30-40 miles west of Zion, Ill in Harvard there’s a Dacy Airport founded by a John Dacy.

    Photo of Dacy in 1968
    http://www.dacyairport….

  4. Toronto says: February 9, 20101:51 am

    Regardless of the speed, the sonnovabitch will drive the dang thing in the bike lane on College Street.

  5. KD5ZS says: February 9, 20101:25 pm

    I wonder if he ever built a jet powered motorcycle.

  6. Robert says: February 9, 201010:19 pm

    There doesn’t seem to be much ground clearance or any kind of suspension system. The braking arrangements, if any, appear to be minimal. All in all, not something one’s life insurance company would approve of.

    Robert

  7. StanFlouride says: February 10, 20108:52 pm

    “The propeller develops tremendous pushing power and gives the machine such high speed that its owner has no fear of traffic officers.”
    The placement of this article just above one in which the police are provided two-way radios is ironic since, as anyone who has ever watched “COPS” can attest, you can’t outrun a radio.

  8. Sean says: February 11, 20106:57 pm

    Still and all, who wouldn’t want one?

  9. Jari says: February 11, 20108:01 pm

    One with jet engine for me, please.

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