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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101

    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. A pilot could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, and drive the car into town.”. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. Highlighted in this image is the logo of the Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101.

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    Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101

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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. Highlighted in this image is the instrument panel of the plane.

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    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. Highlighted in this image is the steering wheel of the plane.

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    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. Highlighted in this image is the fuselage of the plane.

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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. Highlighted in this image is a propeller of the plane.

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    NC74154. Bright red, single engine, two place roadable aircraft (or flying car) with Franklin 6A4-165 B3 engine. In 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aifcraft to receive a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101

    In 1950, the Fulton Airphibian became the first aircraft designed to be used as a car or an airplane.

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    Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101

    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr., the Airphibian in 1950 became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration.

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    Fulton Airphibian FA-3-101 Interior

     

    Designed by Robert Fulton Jr. in 1950, the Airphibian became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. A pilot could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, and drive the car into town.”. While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties.

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

Designed by Robert Fulton Jr., the Airphibian in 1950 became the first roadable aircraft approved by the Civil Aviation Administration. It could fly to an airport and then, after disengaging wings, tail, and propeller, become a car. Other roadable aircraft, such as Waldo Waterman's Arrow/Aerobile and William Stout's Skycar (both in the Museum's collection), had been built but none earned certification.

While a technical success as a flying car, the Airphibian did not become a marketable design due to the inherent compromises of air and car technologies and financial difficulties. A former company officer donated the Airphibian in 1960 and Robert Fulton III restored it in 1998.