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Ups & downs: the wild story of the flying car

Autocar Logo By Autocar of Autocar | Slide 3 of 29: An ambitious plan to bring flying cars to the masses resulted in Theodore ‘Ted’ Parsons designing the Southernaire Roadable for the Southern Aircraft Corporation. Due to a lack of funding, Parsons sold the business and then went to work for it as an engineer. However, only three prototypes were built, with the first flying in 1940. It used a three-wheeler layout and came with a 130bhp engine that powered both the wheels and propeller. Where can I see one? The prototype made it into the San Diego Air & Space Museum but it seems it was lost in a fire.

Southernaire Roadable - First Flight: 1940

An ambitious plan to bring flying cars to the masses resulted in Theodore ‘Ted’ Parsons designing the Southernaire Roadable for the Southern Aircraft Corporation. Due to a lack of funding, Parsons sold the business and then went to work for it as an engineer.

However, only three prototypes were built, with the first flying in 1940. It used a three-wheeler layout and came with a 130bhp engine that powered both the wheels and propeller.

Where can I see one? The prototype made it into the San Diego Air & Space Museum but it seems it was lost in a fire.

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