The FLYING Automobile is Here (Jan, 1933)
The FLYING Automobile is Here
THE “flying auto,” a combination airplane and automobile which negotiates roads and air lanes with equal facility, has at last appeared in the aeronautical world.
Designed by two German engineers, the craft is a development of the autogyro. A great advantage, however, is that no propeller for the drive in the direction of flight is necessary. The little vertical fins on the gyro blades give the necessary force to drive the car forward in the air.
When the craft is to be made ready for a trip along the highways the gyro blades are folded back as illustrated in the artist’s drawing above. On the road the motor, which is located in the front as an accompanying photo shows, drives the wheels like a regular auto, the steering, however, being done by the rear wheel.
Streamlining principles are applied as in a plane, which makes for maximum speed.
The “flying auto” was exhibited at the Berlin airplane show. Some difficulty has been encountered in mounting the engine, so that it is not likely that the plane will soon come into popular use.