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Verticopter Part 1
The Verticopter is now offered for free! Click below to download it and try your hand at flying it FOR FREE! http://tinyurl.com/freeverticopter

1960 Aerocar Metamorphosis
Called "the convertible" or "the ultimate off road vehicle," a 1960 Taylor Aerocar appeared at the 2009 National Aviation Heritage Invitational. This event is sponsored by Rolls-Royce and runs in conjunction with the Reno Air Races. One story I heard was of the grandson of the owner hoping to both get his driver's license and his pilot's license in this car, er', airplane someday. Newsreel footage of the Aerocar can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb-PPJ_ouGo A short TLC clip of conversion and flight is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZMH4nvgNqE A 1996 Smithsonian Air & Space magazine article entitled "Auto Pilots" can be found here: http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/auto.html Enjoy!

NASA Spiral Duct ESTOL Concept
Extremely Short Takeoff and Landing advanced vehicle concept based upon the coupling of the Lippisch Aerodyne and Custer Channel Wing. Designed to takeoff of at a speed of just 30 mph, with ground distances of less than 150 ft. The outer panels are freewings (able to freely pivot) so that the vehicle is less gust sensitive (which is a major ESTOL problem). Developed as part of the NASA Personal AIr Vehicle project under Mark Moore.

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