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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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