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Taylor Aerocar

The only airworthy example of Molt Taylor’s vision of a practical flying automobile, the Aerocar soars over the Kissimmee, Florida landscape. With the power set at 25 inches of mercury and 2,500 rpm, the plane is cruising here at 90 knots. Maximum speed is 117 mph (188km/h; 102 kn); range is 300 miles (261 nmi; 483 km).
Designed by Moulton (Molt) Taylor during the 1940s, the Aerocar is truly a remarkable machine, as it requires many items of equipment (such as headlights, brake light indicators, a horn, four wheels, etc.) that most airplanes simply don't have. And, of course, you mustn’t forget the two drive systems! It has to have all the features of a car built into a plane (or is it all the facets of a plane incorporated into a...

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ON THE COVER: Flying in darkness, single-seat, non-radar-equipped Hawker Hurricanes flew with RAF Fighter Command night-fighter squadrons, their pilots attempting to intercept and destroy German bombers attacking targets in England in in 1941. RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865, flown here by Group Captain Matt Peterson MBE. (Photo by John Dibbs/Facebook.com/ theplanepicture with effects by Betty Nero)


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