On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Flyer took off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was the culmination of nearly a half-decade of R&D by brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Most consider that 12-second, 120-foot aerial jaunt to be the world’s first successful flight by a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The fabric canard biplane was elementary in mechanically, a 12-horsepower horizontal four-cylinder driving dual propellers via sprocket-and-chain transmission system. In the eyes of many, on this day 112 years ago, modern aeronautical engineering was born.
It wasn’t long before the world started combining the airplane with another fledgling vehicle, the automobile. Well, trying to combine.
In honor of the Wright Brothers maiden journey, here are some fantastic flying cars.