Incredible Flying Cars: Just Add Wings
Anyone stuck in a traffic jam has had the same wish...to own a car that can lift off of the ground and zoom ahead of the pack. For decades, inventors and engineers have attempted to make that dream a reality, and they're closer than you think. Join us as we examine flying car designs of the past and present: the good, the bad, and the bizarre. See how modern technology has brought us closer than ever to putting cars in the air and flying machines in every garage.
The Invention of the Flying Car
In 1934, aviation pioneer Waldo Waterman invented the world's first flying car.
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Inventing a Flying Machine
From research tool to national treasure, learn about the post-flight journey of the iconic 1903 flyer.
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A Closer Look at the First Airphibian
In 1950 the Civil Aviation Administration approved the first roadable aircraft. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car.
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