1946-1948: ConvAirCar

“The ConvAirCar was a prototype flying car, intended for mainstream consumers. Convair anticipated that the the ConvAirCar would be purchased in large numbers to be rented at airports.”

- Wikipedia

 

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  1. Lucretia

    Just imagine trying to drive next to that on a normal road. Or trying to park it at a meter or in a crowded parking lot!

    We have “flying cars” – they are called helicopters. And it turns out that they are complicated and would be dangerous in large numbers. Adding yet another dimension to most people’s driving is just a plain bad idea. Most of them shouldn’t be allowed to operate a 2-ton vehicle with only the two the presently can!

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  2. Ursula

    I AM INCREDIBLY ANGRY THAT THIS WAS NEVER ACTUALLY MARKETED. THIS IS AMAZING. YOU MESSED UP, AMERICA.

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  3. Richard Wills

    Sorry Ursula, but these contraptions keep getting reinvented and marketed every few years. If you’ll excuse the amphigory, to always go down in flames as spectacular failures commercially.

    Would you want your idiot neighbors, who drive like drunken monkeys on their good days, flying over YOUR house?

    To quote me after umpteen years of bitter experience with the general public’s technological incompetency:

    “We are NOT surprised that the technology fails so often, we are only surprised that it ever worked at all in the first place.”

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  4. Critical Mass

    People, at least read the Wikipedia article. Or at the very least, think.
    The wing set was detachable, so no problem handling the car in road traffic. The wings, tail and engine came in their own trailer, which was supposed to stay at an airport, and be rented to whoever came along with his compatible car.

    And not just “whoever came along” – you still would have needed an official, FAA-approved pilot’s license to leave the ground in this, same as today.

    Everybody’s talking about device convergence, and we are used to carrying only one smartphone where we had 3 or 4 gadgets before. But we still have our own car at the airport, take the shuttle bus to the terminal, ride the underground to the check-in, take the plane to our destination, and reverse the process to end up with a rental car.
    Sure, taking the car for a hop is still a bit far-fetched and will never be as mainstream as ground traffic, but the concept’s an elegant one.

    …and talking of drunken monkey neighbor drivers, they’re just as dangerous with their smartphones ;)

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  5. Richard N.

    It looks like the car/plane from “Man with the Golden Gun” my first James Bond movir.

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