Tail Props / 3-Wheel Car (Feb, 1946)

That tail prop plane looks a lot like a Predator Drone.

Tail Props, counter-rotating, powered through a 60′ shaft by two Allison 1630 hp engines, drive the speedy new 48-passenger Douglas DC-8 transport.

3-Wheel Car powered by an aircraft engine, will do 100 mph and 40 miles to a gallon. In production now on West Coast, it will be on sale in 3 months.

10 comments
  1. Randy says: February 12, 200912:06 am

    That airliner concept was a proposed derivative of the Douglas XB-42 “Mixmaster” bomber prototype which actually was built and flew:

    http://en.wikipedia.org…

  2. Al Bear says: February 12, 20092:16 pm

    A DC 8 model in 1946! wow.

  3. LightningRose says: February 12, 20093:09 pm

    I don’t suppose that car ever actually made it to market.

  4. Thundercat says: February 12, 20094:44 pm

    I wonder how well that three-wheeled car corners at 100mph.

  5. Randy says: February 13, 20098:18 pm

    Ah, found an article on the DC-8 concept:

    http://www.dc8.org/libr…

    I wonder if the “small model” mentioned at the end of that article is the one depicted in this article…

  6. Torgo says: February 14, 200912:23 am

    Centerline thrust. Thanks for the great links.

  7. Randy says: February 14, 200912:38 am

    You’re welcome, Torgo. Though let’s not mention the Piper Jet, oK? :)

  8. Arunas says: August 26, 200910:45 am

    Anyone knows what’s the name of this three-wheeled car?

  9. Harry says: August 26, 200910:58 am

    Could it be a Davis?

    http://www.suarezweb.co…

  10. Firebrand38 says: August 26, 20092:04 pm

    Harry, you’ve got it. From the same website http://www.suarezweb.co…

    Fascinating story on the Davis website. Although less than 20 were built looks like it “made it to market” after all.

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