The Air Car -- America's answer to Britain's 'Hovercraft'. Manufactured by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation,this four-seater?
The Air Car -- America's answer to Britain's 'Hovercraft'. Manufactured by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation,this four-seater vehicle, is undergoing tests at the airport of the company's propellors division in New Jersey.
The 'Car' is driven by two small aeroplane engines in the front and rear sections, the propellers of which revolve in a well-like duct, directing a blast of air at the ground. On this air cushion, the 'Car' will ride smoothly over both land and sea, hovering just above the surface.
Like the 'Hovercraft', the 'Air Car' can go anywhere over smooth surfaces, shifting from land to sea at will and requires no fixed engineering works like a boat or train. Hovering craft, could be widely used for amphibious landings and anti-submarine warfare.
Curtiss-Wright is now developing a lighter model than the 2,800 lb prototype, it will be slimmer and lower in contour, have quieter propellors, and use a new, specially developed engine. Commercial production of this 60 m.p.h. model is expected to start this month.
American research and development on hovering craft is to a large extent for military application - but in time manufactures manufacturers will look to civilian markets for their new products.