Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sky Wagon

After World War II, thousands of former military pilots created a huge demand for general aviation aircraft. The industry responded with a vision of the airplane as a common mode of travel. An example of airplane as automobile was the Aeronca Chief. In this beautifully restored example from the late 1940s, you will find an instrument panel closely resembling that of an auto, right down to the jeweled gauge faces and heater controls. Alas, the industry vision of a plane in every garage fell well short of reality as long term demand fell off and the interstate system made it more cost effective to drive to your destination.

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2 astute observations :

  1. Callisto said...

    The husband is still dreaming of a plane in his garage. Fine by me, as long as he buys me a house in proportion to the size of the garage he will need.

  2. richmanwisco said...

    be careful what you wish for cal, some of these planes can be quite small, with removable wings.