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 aerocar, the only aerocar flying. What are the similarities between the 1956 aerocar 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”. Numereous newspapers ridiculed him. The Worcester Massachusetts, paper titled their article, “Moon rocket misses 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 Lindburgh watched and encouraged the Guggenheim foundation to help finance Goddards future. The Germans also watched and used some of Goddards patents, which were open to inspection at the time, to build the V-2 ballistic missile that was used in WWII.

About the Author:

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 member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.