Al Marsh

Chitty Chitty Thud Thud

September 6, 2009 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Glenn Curtiss gets credit for the first flying car with his 1917 Autoplane that married a flivver (resembling a Model T) to a biplane–make that found the photos and drawings. The car, patented in 1919, was capable of short hops–bunny hops, to be exact. It tried but never achieved sustained flight. By the way, if you think the old Curtiss company is long gone, meet today’s Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the same company formed in 1929 with the merger of 12 Wright and Curtiss affiliated companies. It’s still there, and still in aviation.

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2 Responses to “Chitty Chitty Thud Thud”

  1. Bill Doering Says:

    Im looking for the article you wrote in the Aug 09 issue A OPA about the Cowboy Cadillac Travis and Cindy Nelson Its the only issue I don’t have Please help.

  2. Al Marsh Says:

    Hi, Bill,
    The article is online but we don’t put pictures with it. Here is the link:

    You will be able to see the video with it. Sorry for the delay. I didn’t see your post for two months. –Al Marsh, AOPA Pilot

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