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Fulton “Airphibian” plane to car conversion, 1948

Posted on December 22, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Robert Edison Fulton of Danbury, Conn., with his “Fulton Airphibian,” an airplane that he can convert to a car in three minutes and put it back into flying condition in about five minutes. The conversion from plane to auto is effected by removing the entire tail assembly and wings, as demonstrated by Fulton when he stopped at the Cool Meadow airport Dec. 6, 1948. Fulton explained that all controls synchronize automatically when the car and plane are coupled. He said the air cruising speed is about 110 mph, the road cruising speed from 45 to 50 mph. He said he has 400 flying hours in the plane-car and the vehicle, and he was looking to put it into commercial production soon. Cool Meadow Field preceded Blue Grass Field, now Blue Grass Airport, and it was off Newtown Pike where Fasig-Tipton Co. is now. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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