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The Incredible History of Ford’s Flying Cars

The American manufacturer has flirted with the aeronautical world throughout its history, directly or indirectly.

Did you know ? The car manufacturer Ford sometimes dreamed of creating a flying car. Well before the Wright brothers’ first flight, the American company had a plan to develop a machine capable of flying. A century later, she still hasn’t succeeded. However, she didn’t come far from getting there.

When Ford wanted to spread its wings

Henry Ford, who revolutionized the world of automobiles, was a great aviation enthusiast. This businessman even thought about developing an affordable plane for all budgets. A prototype of this Ford T air was even being prepared. It had to take some elements of the brand’s most popular car and be capable of flying. This flying single-seater would have been called Ford Flivver and it would have been mass produced. However, a fatal accident in the Atlantic during a test flight ended the project. The Flivver and the pilot were never found.

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Several attempts, no success

In the 1920s, Ford manufactured the Ford Trimotor, nicknamed the “Tin Goose”. It was one of the first planes used by airlines for commercial flights. The problem is that developing a flying car is extremely dangerous for the time.

Smolinski and Blake’s AVE Mivar, built between 1971 and 1973, was a mix between the Ford Pinto economy utility vehicle at the front and a Cessna Skymaster light aircraft at the rear. Only, the rear part of the Cessna was designed to support the light cabin of the small plane and not the weight of a Ford Pinto. It is also necessary to know that this Ford model is considered one of the most dangerous in history because it had a tendency to catch fire in the event of a rear impact… Here is what this “flying car” looks like:

This car had to be sold between 18,300 and 29,000 euroswhich was considered very expensive in the 70s. Smolinski and Blake even convinced the producers of James Bond to include the flying vehicle. But neither project came to fruition.

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