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   CaliforniaMama  Sunday Oct 9 01:56 PM

October 9, 2011 Flying Pinto


Image compliments of dirt bike dave


Image compliments of Roadable Times

In the early 1970's, Advanced Vehicle Engineers (AVE) of Oxnard, California, built a flying car called a Mizar. It was basically a Cessna Skymaster grafted to a Pinto.

In 1973, the engineers, Henry Smolinski and Hal Blake, took it for a test flight. The wings and car "ungrafted." What was seen was a Pinto flying through the air sans wings.

The Pinto crashed, ending the careers of the two engineers, as well as that of the flying car.



Originally discovered at (and image compliments of) Paleofuture.



BigV  Sunday Oct 9 01:59 PM

They do tend to go up in flames, don't they, those Pintos.

There's one in the neighborhood painted blue with red, orange and yellow flames. Coming forward from the rear bumper.

Sad story though.



Trilby  Sunday Oct 9 02:03 PM

I drove a robin's-egg blue pinto from '79-'82.

RIP, old girl. RIP.



Crimson Ghost  Sunday Oct 9 02:24 PM

Right before the crash, did the passenger turn to the driver and say "I've always loved you"?



glatt  Sunday Oct 9 02:28 PM

According to wikipedia:
"Even though the Pinto was a light car, the total aircraft was already slightly over gross weight without passengers or fuel. One observer reported that the wing struts were attached to the car with sheet-metal screws and that "...everything was really bad." However, in addition to poor design and loose parts, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that bad welds were partly responsible for the crash, with the right wing strut attachment failing at a body panel of the Pinto."



Undertoad  Sunday Oct 9 02:58 PM

These gentlemen were not in any sense of the word "engineers". Unless they drove trains for a living.



newtimer  Sunday Oct 9 03:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crimson Ghost View Post
Right before the crash, did the passenger turn to the driver and say "I've always loved you"?
I got your reference. As Axel Rose would say, "Good way to use your allusion."


BigV  Sunday Oct 9 03:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
These gentlemen were not in any sense of the word "engineers". Unless they drove trains for a living.
So, it's only engineering if it works?


wolf  Sunday Oct 9 11:06 PM

They should have used SuperGlue. As far as I know, that fellow is still hanging from the girder by his hardhat.

BigV, engineering is nowhere near as seat of the pants as it used to be. It's all computer model this and simulator that ... nobody wants to commit money on untested shit these days.

Now, of course, they probably weren't aeronautical engineers, just a couple of good ol' boys with a Pinto who bumbled onto half of a Cessna one day down the junkyard.

They were probably friends with the JATO unit guy.



Lamplighter  Sunday Oct 9 11:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
<snip>
They were probably friends with the JATO unit guy.
Then it would have been rocket science.


jimhelm  Sunday Oct 9 11:11 PM

Did you just confuse classic man and Big V, or were you prefacing your statement with 'Classic'?



classicman  Sunday Oct 9 11:33 PM

????????



Pico and ME  Sunday Oct 9 11:40 PM

Its kinda like he put the post in the wrong thread or something.



classicman  Monday Oct 10 12:13 AM

???????????? Who, Jim?



ZenGum  Monday Oct 10 02:49 AM

Whau?

That car would have worked if McGyver had done it.

Please pretend I posted the video of the rich English eccentric who hurls old cars with a giant Trebuchet. That's a flying car, kind of.



wolf  Monday Oct 10 09:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimhelm View Post
Did you just confuse classic man and Big V, or were you prefacing your statement with 'Classic'?
Nothing to see here, move along ...

Actually, I did, then checked, edited, and thought no one would be the wiser.


classicman  Monday Oct 10 04:00 PM

So what you are saying is "wolf eht htiw og"?



Pete Zicato  Monday Oct 10 04:20 PM

I had a Pinto for a while. I didn't trust it on the ground. There's no way I would put one in the air.



Gravdigr  Monday Oct 10 05:32 PM

The Digrs had a Pinto waaaaaaaay back yonder. Went to Pike's Peak in it. Throttle return spring (maybe accelerator pump) broke at the top of Pike's peak at the stables, we coasted alllllllllll the way to the bottom and right into a closed service station. There was a note on the door: "In case of emergency..." Popdigr called, and the guy came down and fixed us up.

Now, a flying Pinto...What could possibly go wrong?



SPUCK  Wednesday Oct 12 05:05 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
They do tend to go up in flames
That would be down in flames..


infinite monkey  Wednesday Oct 12 11:49 AM

Unsafe At Any Speed Or Height.

My grandma was almost killed in a Pinto. She lived in our house for a few months, in a set-up hospital bed, recovering. Luckily, we got to keep her around a lot more years, may she now RIP.



BigV  Wednesday Oct 12 02:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
That would be down in flames..
POINT!


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