Stout Sky Car Model II

The 1931 Stout Skycar, often referred to as a flying automobile, reflects William Stout's vision of a private aircraft that would be suitable for the average American. His hope was that it similarity to the automobile, easy flying characteristics, and affordability would attract the general public. Unfortunately, the timing of its introduction was at the height of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its successor, the roadable Sky Car II, suffered a similar fate.

The National Air Museum initiated acquisition of the aircraft from the University of Detroit in the late 1940s and found that the entire fuselage, wing center section, and landing gear were missing. While available parts were shipped to the Museum's storage facility in Park Ridge, Illinois, Stout funded the building of replica parts by the General Metalcraft Company of Phoenix, Arizona. This restoration, completed in 1951, represents the Skycar in a later development phase.