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World's Largest Flying Car Archive (Part 1 of 3)

A flying car or roadable aircraft is a type of vehicle that can function as both a personal car and an aircraft. The term "flying car" is also sometimes used to include hovercars.

Many prototypes have been built since the early 20th century, using a variety of flight technologies. Although VTOL projects are increasing, most have been designed to take off and land conventionally using a runway. None has yet been built in more than a handful of numbers.

Flying cars are also a popular theme in fantasy and science fiction stories. Futurologists often predict their appearance, and many concept designs have been promoted. But their failure to become a practical reality has led to the catchphrase "Where's my flying car?" as a paradigm for the failure of predicted technologies to appear. For the sake of this article, Story Cars will cover the flying concepts, projects, and prototypes of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Part 1 of 3 includes every pre-1950 flying car known to the internet and eBooks. Comment below if any are missing from the archive.


Part 1

1917 Curtiss Autoplane

1921 Tampier Autoplane

1925 Skroback Roadable Airplane

1935 Autogiro Company of America AC-35

1935 Waterman Arrowbile

1935 Vlachos Triphibian

1939 Southernaire Roadable Flying Car

1940 Jess Dixon’s Flying Automobile

1942 Hafner Rotabuggy

1944 Airmaster Autoplane Flying Car

1945 Norman Bel Geddes Flying Car Model

1946 Fulton Airphibian Autoplane

1946 Convair Flying Car

1946 Aerauto PL.5C Autoplane

1949 Aerocar I N4994P

Part 2

Part 3