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The Roadable Aircraft of Rene Tampier



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Rene Tampier of France successfully flew this aircaft in November of 1921. As shown in the illustration, it was a bi-plane when aloft. Its wings were folded along the sides of the vehicle when it was converted to the road-travel configuration, and an extra set of wheels was added for steering and stability.



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From the photos it appears that the pilot sat facing the tail of the aircraft when "driving". In the next picture the machine is being taxied down the Champs-Elysees to the Grand Palais. An automobile is being driven close behind, likely to keep the cyclists out of the prop.



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The information shown here is from the book by Patrick Gyger published in 2005 "Les Voitures Volantes: Souvenirs d'un Futur Reve". The title, when translated into English is - "Flying cars: Memories of a Dreamt Future" and at the time of publication the book was available only in French at - www.ailleurs.ch/publi2_fr.htm The site has since been discontinued.



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