TodayApril 16, 2022

The flying car, the Terrafugia, gets closer to flying and driving

Simon Constable, guest host of the John Batchelor radio show and host of WSJ’s news hub talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about the Terrafugia.

Hammond interviewed Eric Sweeney of Auburn airplane works in Auburn, CA. Sweeney refurbished the 1956 Moult Taylor aero car, the only aero car flying. What are the similarities between the 1956 aero car and Carl Dietrich’s Terrafugia flying car?

Do people make fun of a flying car?

I compared Dietrich to Robert Goddard.

Goddard was known for tinkering and creating. In 1918 the U.S. Army used bazookas equipped with hydrogen that Goddard had designed. He constructed and tested many rockets using liquid fuel. The most famous test was in 1926 when Goddard launched a prototype rocket named “Nell”. Numerous newspapers ridiculed him. The Worcester Massachusetts, a paper titled their article, “Moon rocket misses the target by 238,799 1/2 miles.” The New York Times ridiculed Goddards thesis saying, “Goddard does not know the relation of action and reaction.” But not all were so harsh in their criticism. Charles Lindbergh watched and encouraged the Guggenheim foundation to help finance Goddard’s future. The Germans also watched and used some of Goddard’s patents, which were open to inspection at the time, to build the V-2 ballistic missile that was used in WWII.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.