Roadable Aircraft History
In the last 100 years there have been more than 70 attempts to develop a successful Flying Car ‘ clearly the concept has been enduringly attractive. Very few attempts have met with any technical success, however, and those that actually worked to any extent had poor performance as a car or a plane ‘ or both.
The difficulties of designing a successful Flying Car are enormous. The design requirements of a ground vehicle are so different to those of an airplane, that the task of trying to marry the two sets of requirements together into one craft presents many challenges.
An analysis of the history shows that most designs compromise the road vehicle mode in order to provide a flyable aircraft. These vehicles generally have an impractical shape and size, making them unable to fit in with other road traffic. Many have unsafe design concepts like exposed …