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The Curtiss Autoplane


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  • In 1892 Henry Ford started building his first experimental automobile.
  • In 1903 the Wright brothers first flew their self-powered aircraft.
  • In 1917 Glenn Curtiss designed the Autoplane.
  • In 1918 the first patent for a flying car went to a competitor - F. Longobardi.
  • In 1919 the Curtiss Autoplane also received a patent.




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The span of the upper wing of the Curtiss Autoplane was 40' 6" and the aircraft length was 27 feet. The vehicle was aluminum-bodied and had twin-boom tails, along with small canard wings on the front of the car. The motor under a car hood used a shaft and belts to drive a four-bladed prop at the rear of the cab. Photos shown here have been made available to Roadable Times through the courtesy of K. O. Eckland / Aerofiles.com.
Additional information and photos of the Curtiss Autocar are available at -

www.aerofiles.com/_curt.html Scroll down to see info under "AT-32 SEE T-32 Condor"
www.aerofiles.com/curt-autoplane.jpg


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The three-views shown above are from documents supplied to Roadable Times by David Dodge. David offers a website called "Twin Pushers and Other Free Flight Oddities" that contains a variety of magnificent images and information about unusual aircraft. It may be found at -

http://home.att.net/~dannysoar/home.htm
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