AirCam Taking Flight
Lockwood Aircraft’s AirCam was designed to explore in undeveloped regions. Designed by Phil Lockwood for a National Geographic exploration into the Congo Basin it has the security of two engines, a tandem arrangement so the pilot can fly the aircraft’s photographer (sitting up front) with a nearly unobstructed 270° view, and detachable wings making the AirCam easy to trailer down single track trails. Later, floats were fitted. The cost is in the neighborhood of US$100,000 and performs as well as it looks — as seen in these recent photos.
Trudeau Warbird Enterprises — spiffy Trojans
26° 54′ 57″ N / 81° 59′ 51″ W
A pleasing discovery made while dropping in on the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda FL was finding Trudeau Warbird Enterprises. Specializing in North American T-28 Trojan aircraft but capable of other aircraft types, as well. Seen were no less than four T-28s in the inside (one in USN WW II deepwater blue) and outside the hangar, and all looking spectacular!
Nicely coincidental with the post on the Taylor Aerocar III our friends at Apron 6 posted on flying cars :)
Originally posted on Apron 6:
In the forties there were high hopes that soon everybody would go to work in their very own flying car or flying saucers. Things did turn out a little different than expected as even today some people try to turn this dream into reality. Below are 3 very futuristic designs from the past and one that was actually real. Even though only a handful of flying cars took the skies.
Feel free to leave a comment or post your own vintage flying car or saucer photo. We might make a post about the evolution of actual flying cars. You could help us make it.
Around Punta Gorda’s Airport — more than you might think
26° 54′ 57″ N / 81° 59′ 51″ W
Charlotte County Airport serves Punta Gorda Florida and is small. One terminal serves, primarily, Allegiant Air, but there are plenty of rental cars as well as the pleasant SkyView Cafe with its view of the runway. The terminal is named after seven remarkable brothers, the Bailey Brothers, all from Punta Gorda and all served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Passengers embark and disembark on exposed ramps but sunshine is so plentiful here that adverse weather is hardly an issue. Parking is also free for the first two hours and the terminal is only a five minute walk — welcome change compared to its larger cousins :)
ERCO Ercoupe — classic and a beauty
Fred Weick’s timeless aircraft design, manufactured by ERCO as the Ercoupe, this one was made in 1946 — but looks modern today. Weick did his best to reduce pilot error induced fatalities by making the Ercoupe as stall proof and spin proof as possible. This was done by limiting up elevator deflection as well as coordinating the rudder with the control wheel. It was novel to have tricycle gear back in the day, as well, but made for better ground handling and less tasking landings.