Retrofuturist Flashback: The Flying Sedan

BY Robert Lamb / POSTED July 26, 2013
Fly away! (© Bettmann/CORBIS) Fly away! (© Bettmann/CORBIS)

As we spiral into another weekend, let’s have another flying car design from yesteryear.

This flawed vision of the future dates back to the July 1957 edition of Popular Mechanics Magazine. The artist’s conception for  a personal private flying sedan shows a four-door, four-passenger Hiller Aerial Automobile rising from the lawn, lifted by its four-ducted fans.  Sure, a cruising speed of 60 miles per hour isn’t much by today’s standards, but imagine getting to soar over all that Friday afternoon rush hour traffic, eh?

But alas, it was not meant to be.

About the author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.


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