September 25, 2010

Jess Dixon in his flying automobile

"Can fly forward, backward or straight up or hover in the air. Runs on road or flys across country. 40 H.P. motor, air cooled, speeds to 100 m.p.h."

Andalusia, Ala
1940

12 comments:

ElizabethLynn said...

Waaaaant!

Ms. Moon said...

What the fuck are we waiting for?

screamish said...

where am I going to park this thing?

downtown guy said...

On the garage roof.

John M. said...

This is my all-time favorite photo right now. I can just wrap it up, go home, and die in peace.

downtown guy said...

You'd think I could find more about this, but no.

downtown guy said...

I did stumble on this little blurb: "1936 = Roadable helicopter. 1pOH; 40hp air-cooled engine. Coaxial rotor system with cyclic and collective pitch control. "Foot pedals actuated a hinged vane on the tail, counting on rotor downwash for yaw control." In a photo the helicopter is seen hovering, but no test results were found."

Sarcastic Bastard said...

It's air cooled alright.

downtown guy said...

Ha!

May said...

Why aren't we driving these around right now? Obviously it mostly worked in 1940! We couldn't have perfected it by now? That pisses me off.

May said...

p.s.
let's build one.

downtown guy said...

I've been looking for instructions, but no go. It probably ran off of orphan baby hearts or something.