Could you imagine reading science fiction novels that lacked the robots, laser rifles and most especially flying cars? It’s true that they wouldn’t be much for futuristic stories without those things. Many people like to enjoy science fiction because they think a lot of it is too far advanced to ever be real. But would you believe that there were and are such things as flying automobiles? They were/are fundamentally distinct from aircraft and characterized by their capability to function equally well on both the ground and in the air. The popular images of the flying cars you may have seen look no different from an ordinary automobile – except that it can fly when you hit the right switch.
Nobody should deny that the 20th century had some incredible innovations and it shouldn’t really be a surprise that over the decades, the human race has made some honest attempts at developing a flying car. Many of them were ridiculously ill-conceived but there were some that were in fact genius. But if you put them all together, they have given us a little taste from the heritage of our era. Below are some 10 incredible flying cars that did once exist.
1. Curtiss Autoplane 1917
This model was practically the very first peek that the world had ever seen as far as a real flying car was concerned. An aviation engineer by the name of Glenn Curtiss had dissected one of his personally designed models in 1917, slapped on some aluminum components to a Model T and away he went. The aircraft he had based it upon was named the Curtiss Model L trainer which was a triplane (having three rows of wings) that possessed a 100 horsepower engine – equally as mighty as a good tractor.
Much like an automobile, the two tires at the front were capable of being steered by a wheel inside the cabin and it was propelled both on land and in the air by an attached propeller at the back. It was quite regrettable that this “air limousine” could never really fly because the most it was ever able to accomplish was a series of little hops before WWI began and it was terminated.