Liberty’s twin Rotax engines propel it forward via a rear propeller that keeps the (unpowered) overhead blades rotating to provide parachute-like support which comes in handy should both engines fail, allowing the gyrocopter to simply glide down for a short-field landing.
This is Kittyhawk’s Cora. An electric autonomous flying car start-up (backed by Google founder Larry Page who is said to have invested >$100 million in flying car startups), Cora aims to form the basis of an airborne taxi service in the next few years.
Slovakian startup @aeromobil’s flying car solution 👇, with deliveries expected in 2020. “When we flew our first concept vehicle in 2013, you could count similar projects on one hand. Today there are more than 100 projects,” says founder Juraj Vaculík.
The Curtiss Autoplane, invented by Glenn Curtiss in 1917, is widely considered the first attempt to build a roadable aircraft, or more accurately, a road hopping aircraft. Although the vehicle was capable of lifting off the ground, it never achieved full flight.
Aerocar International's Aerocar was an American roadable aircraft, designed and built by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, in 1949, could drive and fly. A handful of examples were built but it wasn’t enough to generate demand and the Aerocar never entered production.
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