December 14, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
There are only six Aerocars left from the 1950s and `60s when inventor Molt Taylor hoped to put airplanes both on the highway and on the airport. One of them is for sale for $1.25 million.
Courtesy Aircraft located in Rockford, Ill., is brokering the sale of Aerocar N101D most recently owned by Greg Herrick’s Yellowstone Aviation and on display at the Golden Wings Flying Museum at Anoka County/Blaine Airport 10 miles north of Minneapolis. It is still listed by the museum as part of the collection. The aircraft was serial No. 3 and won a United States type certificate. AOPA Pilot reported on another Aerocar owned by Ed Sweeney.
The one for sale, like Ed Sweeney’s Aerocar, has folding wings that are towed behind the car in transit on the road. It also features a horn and a rearview mirror. It is a two-place aircraft with a single Lycoming O-320 mounted over the rear wheels. It could be a noisy handful on the road, and a handful in the air as well. It wasn’t fast and couldn’t carry much, but won fame for successfully flying and driving.
You can see a Wikipedia report on all six aircraft on the Web.
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