View Full Version : Roadable (roadworthy?) Airplane

12-04-2009, 05:48 PM

Captain Blight
12-04-2009, 06:03 PM
You know what would be cool, if somebody invented a plane that could be used as a boat too. Kind of a flying boat. Why hasn't this been thought of before?

12-05-2009, 12:03 PM
did this thing actually flew? We have only the taxi test dates....
What about the stability of such an architecture?
hey! it's in owls head museum ! I was there mid october and missed it! may be new in the show ?

Terry Rhoads
12-06-2009, 12:47 PM
This item is for sale! I would expect with the requirement that you sign multiple documents strongly discouraging you from ever attempting to fly it, or driving it on the road, for that matter.

It is in a "virtual consignment" program of Owls Head, I'm pretty sure it's physical location is Willowbrook Museum in Newfield, Maine. http://www.willowbrookmuseum.org/
An amazing place, specializing in 19th century New England technology. Well worth the trip. One of the amazing things is how unknown it is.

How did this "plane" end up here? I suspect because the fellow who started the collection saw the plane as an example of rural New England technological ingenuity and creativity. Doesn't mean it was successful.
If I recall correctly, it was originally built in the '30s, with a test engine that was too small to allow it to fly. Sometime later a larger engine was fitted (by his son?), some tests indicated it was capable of flight, but it was (wisely) decided not to make the attempt.

Dan McCosh
12-06-2009, 12:55 PM
Another reason to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding.

John B
12-06-2009, 01:03 PM
The idea never really took off.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-07-2009, 03:50 AM
The idea never really took off.

AAAAnd we have a winner...