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Continental, Inc. was formed in 1945 to develop a "roadable" aircraft designed by Robert E. Fulton, the company's president. The Fulton "Airphibian" was designed to convert from a light aircraft to a small, two-seat convertible for ground travel. The prototype Airphibian first flew on 7 November 1946. The Airphibian was awarded a Civil Aeronautics Authority Approved Type Certificate in December 1950, becoming the first roadable aircraft ever certified. Unfortunately, the Airphibian never found a place in the light aircraft market and the company collapsed in 1954.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0059

Creator

Continental, Inc.

Date

1941-1955

Provenance

No donor information

Extent

4.2 Linear feet

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Manuscripts

Correspondence

Drawings

Photographs

Publications

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the files of Continental, Inc. from early planning documents predating Continental's creation through the company's collapse in 1954. It consists of technical reports and engineering drawings from the development of the Airphibian; correspondence between Continental, the CAA, and Continental's suppliers concerning marketing and certification of the aircraft; and the general correspondence of the company.

Genre/Form

Manuscripts

Correspondence

Drawings

Photographs

Publications

Rights

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Names

Continental, Inc.

Fulton, Robert E.

Topics Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Continental Inc Airphibian Family
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Archival Repository

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