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The Transportation Dilemma

Personal transportation by car in developed countries is no longer the free moving system the automobile promised. This system is getting slower although the cars are getting ever better. Our cars are mobile offices or lunchrooms moving at 70 mph or only 30 mph on the freeway. While the manufacturers build better and many more cars, no one is making more or better freeways. Our national economies are too tied to the production of cars to ever consider reducing output volume. The automobile manufacturers are merging to retain market share or efficiency. This industry is on the downside of its bell curve.

Mass transportation by jet airline in developed countries is no longer a wonderful travel system, either.. It is a cramped and crowded flying bus ride. As an industry, the airline business is consolidating and cramming its operations into hub centers. This is just like the Greyhound/Trailways operations of the 1950/1960 period. The inconvenience of this hub system to travelers is the great business solution of the industry. This system and the industry’s consolidations are classic proof that airline travel is no longer the growing or wonderful transportation media it used to be. It is on the down side of its bell curve.

In less developed countries, the infrastructure for speedy driving simply does not exist. These countries do not have the resources or will to build the necessary roads.

We must regain personal mobility and efficiency. After all, everyone dreams of getting above the freeway and out of the traffic. A flying car, the AEROCAAR 2000 is the solution.

A Flying Car, History

Since 1912, there have been many attempts to make a flying car. The most significant are: the Waldo Waterman Aerobile of 1937, the Robert Fulton Airphibian of 1947 and the Molt Taylor AEROCAR of 1956. Each of these flying cars was fully developed and earned CAA (now FAA) certification as an aircraft. Back then, no certification was required of the vehicle as a car. Each of these designs was built to test the good ideas of the designers. In fact, the Aerobile was built as an entrant in a safe airplane competition sponsored by the Department of Commerce. It was a three-wheeled car with a detachable flying-wing module and it used a Studebaker car engine. The Airphibian was more airplane-like but had four airplane-size wheels/tires and used a six cylinder Franklin aircraft engine for flying or driving. It attached to a conventional airplane module. In addition, the AEROCAR was a true purpose-built car powered by a Lycoming airplane engine with front-wheel drive. It connected to a flight module, which included the wing, rear fuselage, drive shaft and propeller. None of these designers built more than four machines and none attempted to create a production facility. None were really marketed. There is no history of marketing flying cars to the public.

 

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