Curtiss Autoplane
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Flying cars | A short history

Curtiss Autoplane

The Curtiss Autoplane, invented by Glenn Curtiss in 1917, is widely considered the first roadable aircraft. Although the vehicle was capable of lifting off the ground, it never achieved full flight.

 (Glenn H. Curtiss Museum)
Moulton Taylor’s Aerocar

Acting as both motor vehicle and aircraft, the Aerocar was intended to be configured for road or sky. Aerodynamic bits have stowaway wheels that form their own trailer for road-going travel.

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Moulton Taylor’s Aerocar

Moulton Taylor’s Aerocar. Motor Trend magazine, Nov. 1957 issue.

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Moulton Taylor’s Aerocar

Outside the Monticello Hotel in Longview, Wash., Nell Taylor, the wife of plane designer Molt Taylor, gets into the Aerocar I flying auto designed by her husband in the 1940s, circa 1950.

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Terrafugia Transition

The Terrafugia Transition personal flying car can covert from a plane to a car in under a minute.

 (Terrafugia / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Terrafugia TF-X

An artist’s 3D rendering of the Terrafugia TF-X flying-car concept.

 (Terrafugia / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Bell air taxi

An attendee wearing VR glasses sits in a full-sized model of Bell’s air taxi cabin concept at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit, on May 8, 2018, in Los Angeles.

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Uber flying taxi concept eCRM-003

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Dan Elwell, right, is accompanied by Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden, left, beside a subscale model of the Uber flying-taxi concept eCRM-003, during the second annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8, 2018, at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.

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