Today in 1913 the world’s first flying-boat airplane makes its maiden flight.

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Aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss

When we think of airplanes, we immediately think Wright Brothers. We don’t often think about the air machines that came after them or who invented them. But there were obviously a lot of other inventors along the way to made improvements and upgrades to flying devices. Impact Lab honors aviator Glenn Curtiss who created the world’s first flying-boat airplane and took it for its maiden flight today at Hammondsport, NY…

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History of the Flying Car – Part Three: The Waterman Aerobile

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The Waterman Aerobile on display at the Smithsonian.

In 1934, the Bureau of Air Commerce recognized the Waterman Arrowplane as one of two award-winning designs for its flivver (light, easy-to-fly, affordable) aircraft competition. The Waterman Aerobile #6 is the improved version of the design. The Arrowplane was initially designed in response to U. S. Bureau of Air Commerce Chief Eugene Vidal’s initiative AB-205 for “everyman’s safe, low-cost, airplane.” The target price of $700 for a flivver aircraft was widely ridiculed as too low, even at depression prices, because of practical engine and manufacturing costs, but Vidal found significant general interest in the concept.  (Pics)

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