Another day, another promise that flying cars are just over the horizon. It’s like that movie Groundhog Day except Bill Murray’s character wakes up once every six months to a new world where he’s completely forgotten the media’s promises of flying cars from six months ago.
This 1920 photo was taken at the corner of Hoffman and 23rd St., in San Francisco's Noe Valley, on what looks like a rather foggy day. Clearly, geeks in San Fran have been trying to build flying cars for a pretty long time.
Have you ever heard of Ford's 'Glideair' hovercar concept from 1961? If yes, forget what you were told, it didn't actually exist. But the picture above is not a fake and is from 1959. Wait... what? Here's what actually happened.
Today the US Department of Defense announced that they would be collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University to develop an autonomous copilot for DARPA's upcoming "helicopter jeep" project. Yes, the military is developing a helicopter jeep.
This hopeful illustration from the December 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics predicted that future fellows and flappers would fly around in this highfalutin flivver. Look out your window. I see no half-crop-duster-half-jalopies whizzing around. Sorry, readers of 1930.
Turn in your Prius and get ready to rumble, Jetson-style. That's right: There's a new car in town, and it's flying right at you.
In 1960, helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki successfully test drove his Piasecki VZ-8P Sky-Car (aka the "flying jeep") for the very first time—and True magazine was there. According to Piasecki:
Get ready for the first gadgets to be stamped with the words, "Made In Space." The European Space Agency has plans to manufacture lightweight metal compounds under zero-gravity conditions on the International Space Station. The new materials could boost the efficiency of hydrogen engines and make aircraft faster,…
Once we finally have flying cars, authorities are going to have a bitch of a time keeping people from doing what these two hotshot pilots are planning: scaring the ever-living shit out of a pleasure boater. Granted, these are minijets with funky wings and not flying cars, but it makes you think about what might start…
Tooling through the clouds in a personal aircraft dating from the first decade of the 20th century, a stylish couple anticipates the trend for oversize vehicles. As the spammers say, why settle for a tiny rocket when you can pilot a blimp? Illustration by Harry Grant Dart, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-13554.