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“Simple to operate as an airplane, more convenient than any ordinary automobile.”

Posted March 06, 2014 8:03 AM by dstrohl

With at least a couple years of development and successful flights behind him, Hank Smolinski began looking for a way to market his so-called flying Pinto. So-called because that's exactly what it was: a Pinto that flew with the help of the wings, tailfins, and rear engine from a Cessna Skymaster, all designed to quickly and easily attach with four pins.

As Preston Lerner and Matt Stone wrote in their 2012 book, History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, Smolinski was no mere dreamer; instead, he had a background as an advanced aerospace engineer for Rocketdyne and North American Aviation, and he fervently believed that he could successfully build a flying car using only moderately upgraded versions of cars already on the road.

Read about one of the first carplanes on Hemmings Daily.

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03/06/2014 8:53 AM

Four Jesus Pins?

I will say that his design does seem to solve the Pinto's problem of getting rammed in the rear end.

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03/06/2014 2:02 PM

As in 'come to Jesus' pins? Considering his fate.

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03/06/2014 3:08 PM

As in the last words uttered after one of those pins fails. :-)

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03/06/2014 10:02 AM

This would be pretty wild to have a set of wings that you could rent for your car to travel long distances quickly...

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/category/flying-cars/

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WTF- how the hell did the editor go here?

03/07/2014 4:13 PM

Car, Plane, Car-plane, low time drivers always seem to screw up and trash them due to some unexpected circumstance. Not what we really need.

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03/07/2014 4:57 PM

Finally something a Pinto did well!

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03/09/2014 8:56 AM

Did the poor fella who died really say, "Simple to fly as an airplane..."? If so, I can understand better why his unfortunate demise occurred.

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03/09/2014 9:25 AM

lol, sorry, "Simple to operate as an airplane..."

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