Theodore P. Hall, chief development engineer of
Convair, designed flying automobile in which wing, tail and
l90hp Lycoming were all attached on top of specially
designed 4-seat saloon car. Convair funded development of proposed ConvAircar, flown successfully November 1947,
but wrecked on third flight after taking off without refuelling.
Rights reverted to Hall, who formed T.R Hall Engineering
Corp., but never achieved production status.
What we have here is the second model of which two were built, the first flying 1st November 1947. The original model was the smaller 116 which first flew on 12th July 1946. The first 118 crashed near San Diego California when the pilot ran out of fuel having mistaken the "car" fuel gauge for the aviation fuel gauge. Fortunately the pilot suffered only minor injuries but the plane was a "write off". Hall built another which flew 28th January 1948, but by this time Convair had grown tired of the project and all rights reverted to Theodore Hall Engineering and although there was great enthusiasm nothing came of it and that was that.
I must say I do agree with Terence I. Murphy's sentiment.
Power plant (car) 1 x 25 h.p. air cooled Crosley
Power plant (Aircraft) 1 x 190 h.p. Lycoming 0-435C air cooled flat six
Span 34'5" Height 8'4"
Empty weight 1,524 lb Gross weight 2,550 lb
Cruising speed 125 mph
|Daniel Sproat, 20.02.2013|
I saw it many times before it was destroyed in a SD Museum fire. It would be handy for sales people- instead of renting a car @ the airport.
|Terrence I. Murphy, 17.02.2012|
Another flying-car dream shattered. I've never seen one that didn't look dangerous.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?