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Where Are Our Flying Cars? You Could Have Had One, If You’d Listened To Molt Taylor

If you ever drive through Seattle-area traffic, you may have had some version of this thought: “I wish my car had wings right now.”

The flying car is a symbol of mid-century optimism about the future, and it seemed almost inevitable at the time that, sooner or later, we’d have them. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. But we actually came a lot closer to getting them than you might think, thanks to a Washington man named Molton Taylor and his Aerocar.

Jake Schultz, an analyst at Boeing, wrote a book about Taylor, called “A Drive in the Clouds.” It traces Taylor’s fascination with flying, his vision for a winged automobile, and the fairly mundane obstacles that did the project in.

He joined KPLU‘s Gabriel Spitzer on our show “Sound Effect” to talk about the flying car that almost was.

Gabriel Spitzer is the Host and Senior Producer of Sound Effect, KNKX's "weekly tour of ideas inspired by the place we live." Gabriel was previously KNKX's Science and Health Reporter. He joined KNKX after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.
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