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THE JEEP-O-PLANE


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"A new concept of the flying machine is needed to bring aviation to its promised fulfillment. While military, commercial and business flying has advanced steadily, aviation for the majority of people is still a distant dream. It has been said that a cheaper airplane is the answer, but this is only partially correct. The major consideration is UTILITY. The need is for a roadable, amphibious airplane that can go anywhere. Furthermore, it should land at 25 mph, take off at 30 mph, and cruise at approximately 150 mph. It should be able to operate out of small, unprepared fields and roads; not just confined to airports."

"AT LAST such a plane has been developed. It has a new wing design that can increase its lifting power to 3 times its normal capacity without adding weight, power, cost or complexities. It has a true variable-lift wing. Scientific placement of two airfoils, incorporating flaps of a new design, creates tremendous lift for short-field take-offs and snail-like landings."



These were the opening paragraphs of a brochure issued in the 1950's by Al Geraci and William Simonini of Algonquin Arizona. The machine had folding wings, and the prototypes did fly. On the road it was to be powered by the propeller. Their flying fully-roadable prototype was built only as a model aircraft.

The aircraft was a severe staggerwing. (The staggerwing is a bi-plane with one wing mounted ahead of the other. In this case the longitudinal separation of the wings was quite pronounced). It achieved outstanding performance when taking off and landing because the front wing flew in the ground effect of the back wing. It was considered by enthusiasts as a well thought out aircraft.



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The above is from a picture (much photocopied) of a model of the Jeep-O-Plane in 1991.
Material on the Jeep-O-Plane is available to Roadable Times through the courtesy of Larry Elie.

ldelie@comcast.net

The Creators of the Jeep-O-Plane put a lot of effort into promoting their design and even brought out a toy model airplane kit to create public awareness. Tthe image from the front of the package of the kit may be seen by clicking -

Model Jeep-O-Plane.

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