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"The Magic Dragon"



This roadable aircraft is designed by Richard Strong, Dayton Ohio. It is an integrated vehicle that carries its wings and tail with it. Folding the wings may be done with a push of a button, "like magic". Each variant in the Magic Dragon family of aircars is designed to be operated safely and easily within the current highway and aviation technologies.


MagicDragon

The designer emphasizes the use of aircars for those who travel a lot on business.

"An aircar will more than pay for itself for business use, and I think that almost any business operator would also take advantage of an aircar for driving and flying pleasure. Another advantage of the aircar, particularly a four-wheeled automobile type, is the added braking capability. For the Magic Dragon, this not only shortens the landing roll-out, but it also shortens the calculated take-off roll for an aborted take-off. Not much is being said about this in most of the roadable discussions. Likewise, not much is said about soft-field performance. I was asked if a Dragon could use turf. I answered that it would likely be suitable for any strip where one could drive at 70 mph."

"Airport and road congestion seem to come up often when I give presentations. At a recent meeting, I pointed out that concerns about traffic control for thousands of aircars are highly over-rated. As an example, if one takes the U.S. population, and compares it to my local area, that makes up two-tenths of one percent of the US population. It implies that there may be four aircars over an area of 1,000 square miles."



www.strongware.com/dragon


UPDATE

In January 2005 the designer, Richard Strong, issued an update advising he is working on establishing a not-for-profit scientific research and education charitable organization.

It will be known as "The Air-Car Research Association" or "TACRA" and is created for the purpose of ensuring the continuation of his inventions. He has updated his website accordingly, to include a draft charter and Application for Membership in the organization.




A full-scale mock-up of the Magic Dragon has been completed.
These photos were taken in March 2004.

MagicDragonPicA

Cabin With Throttle On Door,
T-Stick, & Road Shift Handle
MagicDragonPicB

Front View of
Front Suspension
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Rear View of
Main Bulkhead
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Passenger Side
As Seen from Rear
MagicDragonPicE

Duct Maw With
Fan & Safety Screen
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Driver's Side
Of Vehicle
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Rear End with Lamps
Licence, & Bumper
MagicDragonPicD

Two Views of Gills
On Left - Closed
On Right - Open


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