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Mark Gregory

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World’s first car that can fly and drive 'with a top speed of 200mph in the air and 100mph on the ground' will be unveiled in Miami at a cost of $599,000- the first delivery is set for 2021

  • The world's first 'fly and drive car' is set to make its US debut Tuesday night, December 3rd, in Miami, Florida
  • Pioneer Personal Air Landing Vehicle, or PAL-V, has retractable propellers so users can fly or drive 
  • The fly and drive car is already in production and being sold for $599,000 with 70 pre-orders to-date

 

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World’s first car that can fly and drive 'with a top speed of 200mph in the air and 100mph on the ground' will be unveiled in Miami at a cost of $599,000- the first delivery is set for 2021

The world's first 'fly and drive car' is set to make its US debut Tuesday night, December 3rd, in Miami, Florida

Pioneer Personal Air Landing Vehicle, or PAL-V, has retractable propellers so users can fly or drive 

The fly and drive car is already in production and being sold for $599,000 with 70 pre-orders to-date

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Yep, an autogyro. Mostly went out of fashion by the 1940's. Some modern versions exist, but they aren't at all common compared to planes and helicopters. I guess the autogyro configuration has an advantage for flying cars since their rotors fold up more compactly than wings.

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7 hours ago, oldcarfudd said:

A 200-mph autogyro?  It boggles the mind.  Either the advancing blade would be supersonic or the retreating blade would be going backward.

 

It's all in how you do the math. with a hurricane force tailwind a 80mph air speed piper cub is a ground speed demon and with a good tailwind,  200mph ground speed with an autogyro is a very believable speed.

 

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That much tailwind isn't something I want to be airborne in unless it's in a commercial jet, a LONG way up.  At some point, I'd have to turn around and land into that wind, and I'd be going backward over the ground.  I presume people who advertise speeds in aircraft are talking about airspeed.  In a rotary-wing aircraft, helicopter or autogyro, one blade of the main rotor is going forward relative to the fuselage and the other is going backward.  The blade going backward has to be moving at a helluvan rpm so that more than just the tip can generate lift.  If the other, advancing blade, is going the same rpm - which it will be - the airspeed of its tip is humongous, possibly supersonic.  I prefer to observe from the ground, well to the side of the flight path.

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16 hours ago, Digger914 said:

 

It's all in how you do the math. with a hurricane force tailwind a 80mph air speed piper cub is a ground speed demon and with a good tailwind,  200mph ground speed with an autogyro is a very believable speed.

 

Ground speed is irrelevant to aerodynamics as is wind speed. An aerodynamic body sees only airspeed, I.E. the velocity of the air passing past the body..............Bob

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Isn't there a personal man sized drone out there someplace?

Seems I saw a short clip of one that peeked my interest not long ago.

The Air and Space museum near me has a couple of one man drone looking things that I think were from WWII.

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Xander, your Go Go Gadget clip shows an alarming modification of a weed-whacker...a Helicopter On Your Head. The 20s and 30s autogyros and 1960s Bensen Gyrocopters are a lot more flyable, in my opinion, the latter built in the thousands.  

image.jpeg.68b678bc6f7923eecf8eb0806b9714c9.jpeg....someone flew one of these eggbeaters across the country in 10 days 

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One of the surviving Taylor Aerocars is going up for auction at next month's Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale.  Ten or so years ago, I was lucky enough to see one land at the Ocean Reef Vintage Days event on North Key Largo.  The car flew in from the Kissimmee, Florida area.  I watched the owner remove the "aero" parts and drive it to the Vintage Days car show venue.  It's a pretty cool machine, and I was very impressed.

 

The link to the B-J auction:

 

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/12/03/1954-taylor-aerocar-flying-car-for-sale/

 

Cheers,

Grog

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When I was a kid I remember my dad raving about these.

I am sure if they had gone into production he would have stepped up.

He was an instructor among other flying duties during WWII and flew just about everything we had, but never saw any action like his brother did.

His brother (my would be uncle whom I never got to meet) the fighter pilot was an ace before they got him.

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