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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Other Dual Mode Transports: An Illustrated Worldwide History


Flying Cars, Amphibious Vehicles and Other Dual Mode Transports: An Illustrated Worldwide History, by George W. Green

This book provides six chapters of varying lengths on different forms of dual mode vehicles: Road-Air (126 pp.), Amphibious (53 pp.), Road-Rail (6 pp.), Water-Air (10 pp.), Other Duals (3 pp.) and, Triphibious (11 pp.). Within each chapter, the vehicles are listed chronologically. Many entries are brief paragraphs listing the inventor and a short description of the vehicle's significant features. More significant vehicles have longer descriptions listing important achievements and accompanied by photos and illustrations.

Vehicles are carefully designed for specific uses. Designing a vehicle for such radically different uses as flying and driving is a challenge that has captured the attention of many designers. This is an interesting engineering history of the main attempts that have been made in this area.

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