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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