The Mythical Flying Car: Is it Real This Time?

Henry Ford built a “flying car” in 1926 – actually, it was a single-seat “Sky Flivver” aircraft that killed its test pilot. In 1940, Ford was still predicting that, “Mark my words: A combination airplane and motorcar is coming.” Sixteen years later, the U.S. Army contracted “flying jeep” prototypes from Chrysler, Curtiss-Wright and Piasecki Aircraft Company, hoping these ducted-fan aircraft might be cheaper and easier to fly than helicopters. That same year, Chuck Berry sang about ditching cops on the turnpike in “You Can’t Catch Me,” inspired by the “Aerocar,” an egg-shaped coupe with folding wings that had staged a successful test flight: