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Flying Cars And Roadable Aircraft

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The flying car in sci fi stories usually relies for lift on some form of "anti-gravity" lift engine. That is certainly true of Syd Mead's famous concept art. This removes the downblast we know from Harriers and Helicopters.
Until such an engine is designed a true flying car as opposed to a roadable helicopter is a pipedream
 

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The most cars on the road have one passenger. Making a flying aircraft for one person is not unreasonable provided the endurance and/or L/D targets in cruise are sensible. I. E. Not a flying mega drone.
 

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thebre4ker 4 points · 2 days ago

The top image is the cover, depicting the vehicle’s use alongside contemporary modes of transportation. The bottom image is an illustrated inner-page placing the Levacar in the lineage of transportation technologies, as the next stage in its evolution beyond jet powered flight.

The idea was a vehicle without wheels, that instead rode atop “levapads” that produced a cushion of air, pumped between it and the steel rail that served as a road. Propelled forward with propellers or jets, it would be most economical at speeds of 125mph, but could go as fast as 500mph. And while there was a small single-passenger Levacar built as a proof of concept, the intent was for this to be the future of ground-based public transportation. With larger Levacars like the imagined “City-Center Express,” the technology could carry 40 passengers or more from city to city, at the same speeds as commercial aircraft, using a fraction of the power.

After laying all this out, the brochure ends with the question, “What will the future hold for the Levacar?”

Credit: https://rogerstrunk.com/
 
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If you are interested I have done profiles of the Curtiss Autoplane and posted them in the artwork area here:

https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/is-it-a-car-a-plane-its-the-curtiss-autoplane.34786/

My opinion on flying cars or roadable aircraft is that it will not come about until they are self driving / flying because I'm sure that most of us have seen the multitudes of idiot drivers out there and I could only imagine the carnage that would result from them attempting to operate in 3d space. I consider myself a good driver but would hesitate to take my skills into the air.
 

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thebre4ker 4 points · 2 days ago

The top image is the cover, depicting the vehicle’s use alongside contemporary modes of transportation. The bottom image is an illustrated inner-page placing the Levacar in the lineage of transportation technologies, as the next stage in its evolution beyond jet powered flight.

The idea was a vehicle without wheels, that instead rode atop “levapads” that produced a cushion of air, pumped between it and the steel rail that served as a road. Propelled forward with propellers or jets, it would be most economical at speeds of 125mph, but could go as fast as 500mph. And while there was a small single-passenger Levacar built as a proof of concept, the intent was for this to be the future of ground-based public transportation. With larger Levacars like the imagined “City-Center Express,” the technology could carry 40 passengers or more from city to city, at the same speeds as commercial aircraft, using a fraction of the power.

After laying all this out, the brochure ends with the question, “What will the future hold for the Levacar?”

Credit: https://rogerstrunk.com/
That sounds a lot like the Aérotrain of Jean Bertin.
 
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