A very cool veichle.
Aerocar International’s Aerocar (often called the Taylor Aerocar) was an American roadable aircraft, designed and built by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, in 1949. It is the most successful and probably the most famous “flying car” design to date. Although six examples were built, the Aerocar never entered production…
A fixed-wing aircraft, typically called an aeroplane, airplane or just plane, is an aircraft capable of flight using forward motion that generates lift as the wing moves through the air. Planes include jet engine and propeller driven vehicles propelled forward by thrust, as well as unpowered aircraft (such as gliders), which use thermals, or warm-air pockets to inherit lift. Fixed-wing aircraft are distinct from ornithopters in which lift is generated by flapping wings and rotary-wing aircraft in which wings rotate about a fixed mast. In the United Kingdom and most of the Commonwealth, the term “aeroplane” is used. The word derives from the Greek αέρας (aéras-) (“air”) and -plane. In the United States and Canada, the term “airplane” is applied to these aircraft. The form “aeroplane” is the older of the two, dating back to the mid- to late-19th century. The spelling “airplane” was first recorded in 1907.
Some varieties of aircraft, such as flying wing aircraft, may lack a discernible fuselage structure and horizontal or vertical stabilisers, however the structure of a fixed-winged aircraft usually consists of the following major parts:
* A long narrow, cylindrical, spherical, odd shaped, form, called a fuselage, usually with tapered or rounded ends to make its shape aerodynamically smooth. The fuselage carries the human flight crew if the aircraft is piloted, the passengers if the aircraft is a passenger aircraft, other cargo or payload, and engines and/or fuel if the aircraft is so equipped. The pilots operate the aircraft from a cockpit located at the front or top of the fuselage and equipped with windows, controls, and instruments. Passengers and cargo occupy the remaining available space in the fuselage. Some aircraft may have two fuselages, or additional pods or booms.
* A wing (or wings in a multiplane) with an airfoil cross-section shape, used to generate aerodynamic lifting force to support the aircraft in flight by deflecting air downward as the aircraft moves forward. The wing halves are typically symmetrical about the plane of symmetry (for symmetrical aircraft). The wing also stabilises the aircraft about its roll axis and the ailerons control rotation about that axis.
At least one control surface (or surfaces) mounted vertically usually above the rear of the fuselage, called a vertical stabiliser. The vertical stabiliser is used to stabilise the aircraft about its yaw axis (the axis in which the aircraft turns from side to side) and to control its rotation along that axis. Some aircraft have multiple vertical stabilisers.
At least one horizontal surface at the front or back of the fuselage used to stabilise the aircraft about its pitch axis (the axis around which the aircraft tilts upward or downward). The horizontal stabiliser (also known as tailplane) is usually mounted near the rear of the fuselage, or at the top of the vertical stabiliser, or sometimes a canard is mounted near the front of the fuselage for the same purpose.