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December 2003

Soar Subject

When the ConvAirCar buzzed San Diego for more than an hour during a trial flight in November 1947, hopes rose as high as the hybrid craft itself. Would commuters soon be able to choose between highway and skyway? The 725-pound (328-kilogram) auto-plane prototype had a detachable fiberglass car body that people could drive like any other car, wrote F. Barrows Colton in the February 1948 Geographic, where this photo appeared. Like other vehicles, the flying kind could also run out of gas, which is what the ConvAirCar did on its third test flight. The  pilot survived the crash. Plans for manufacturing the auto-plane did not.
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