The First Airphibian (Approved to Fly)
The first flying car to be certified to fly by the government, known as
the Civil Aeronautics Administration, was designed by Robert Fulton
and developed by Continental, a company that he formed in 1945.
His version of the flying car was called the Airphibian; it was a plane
with detachable wings, adapted for the road. The prototype was first
flown on Nov. 7, 1946.
The first production model, FA-2-101, N74153 was powered by an
air-cooled modified Franklin 6A4150-3 engine.
I enjoyed talking with you this evening about Robert Fulton's Airphibian
Our family moved to the Danbury Ct ., and within several weeks
my father was employed at Robert Fulton's company, Continental Inc. as an
aircraft mechanic working on Fulton's Airphibian. About two years later we
moved within a half mile of the company. He, along with a couple of other
mechanics, made parts as directed by Fulton, assembled the planes and
performed rigorous testing. Fulton made four or five of these planes and
each one was different in some way. My dad was not only an employee but
was also a friend of Fulton often visiting his home in Newtown Ct. where
he had a "hanger" and a grass air strip on his property. Even after the
Airphibian he stayed with Fulton through his other "inventions" including
the "Fulton Sky Hook", the device that rescued downed pilots.
Fulton was always seeking funding for his projects both private individuals
and government funding. One of the last financial supports for the
Airphibian, I believe, was private or perhaps some corporation. When that
ran out and no additional funding was available Fulton had to close the
When the shop was being cleared out the "investor" asked my father if he
want this propeller. Since dad never turned down anything offered to him
he took it home and it was placed in a upper bedroom where it’s been for
the past 50 years.