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Manufacturer:
Continental, Inc.  Search this
Designer:
Robert E. Fulton, Jr.  Search this
Materials:
Fuselage: steel tube with fabric covering
Dimensions:
Aircraft Car
Wingspan: 10.2 m (34 ft.) Wheel Base: 1.8m (72in)
Height: 2.34 m (7 ft. 8 in.) 1.5m (5ft)
Length: 6.76 m (22 ft. 2 in.) 3.8m (11 ft 6 in)
Weight: Empty 680.4 kg (1,500 lb) 496 kg (1100 lb)
Gross: 947 kg (2,100lb) 510 kg (1700 lb)
Type:
CRAFT
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1947-1953
Physical Description:
NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.
Summary:
Designed by Robert Fulton Jr., the Airphibian in 1950 became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. Other roadable aircraft, such as Waldo Waterman's Arrow/Aerobile and William Stout's Skycar (both in the Museum's collection), had been built but none earned certification.
While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. A former company officer donated the Airphibian in 1960 and Robert Fulton III restored it in 1998.
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph J. Ryan
Inventory Number:
A19600127000
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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