Dr. Sam Bousfield's
Sam Bousfield grew up in California. He got a Bachelor of Science
degree with Honors at California Polytechnic State University and then
went on to do post-graduate studies. Sam made the acquaintance of several Boeing engineers who
ultimately published a number of scientific papers based on the features in his project. Some of his
ideas went beyond commercial applications and even influenced
Governments as far away as Scandinavia. The government of Sweden used one of Sam's ideas to
re-calibrate their wind tunnel. He owns multiple patents/patents pending, many of which are
Sam's company, Samson Motorworks, is developing a roadable aircraft using advanced materials.
He calls it the "Switchblade" flying motorcycle. There are other versions too. His name for
the whole class of vehicle is "MMVs" or "Multi-Mode-Vehicles".
The "Switchblade" is projected to have the following
performance and specifications:
|Max. Gr. Take-off Wt.||1360 lbs.||WING AREA||88 sq. ff.
|LENGTH ||15'- 6"||WING LOADING ||16 psf
|WIDTH ||6'- 4"||Time Between Major Overhauls ||2500 hrs.
|HEIGHT ||4'-1" ||STALL SPEED ||55 mph
|SEATS ||2 ||
|MAX SPEED||95 mph ground ||140 mph flying ||
||RANGE||500 miles ground||220 miles air||
||MPG||Est.48 mpg ground||22 mpg air||
||WINGSPAN ||19'- 5" main|| 6'- 4" canard||
||ENGINE||120 hp ||Freedom Motor twin rotor||
||FUEL||120 hp ||regular unleaded autogas||
||FUEL CAPACITY||120 hp ||10.1 gal. / incl. reserve ||
Originally, Sam introduced a telescopic-winged "Switchblade" in 2007. He planned to
build and test-fly a full-scale prototype of this design in late 2009. However, he later decided not
to pursue the use of a telescopic wing, and soon after making this decision he unveiled his "updated"
version, the "Scissorwing Switchblade". Using much the same body, it employs an entirely different
swing-wing technology, using fowler-flaps to increase the wings' area for landing. He tentatively plans
test flights for the swing-wing in 2012. Kits for homebuilders will be available after flight testing.
For more information contact -
Sam Bousfield CEO, Samson Motors