I can remember visiting the 1964 World’s Fair in New York on my high school senior trip. It was practically the first time, except for a few short vacation vacations, that I had been out of the State. We took a bus from Indiana to New York and then down to Washington DC. We were the first class in our very small rural high school who had traveled that far. The experience was one I will never forget.
Getting to the point of this post, we spent a full day at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows NY. One of the major exhibitors there was General Motors. Their exhibit was called Futurama, showing what life might be like in the “near-future”. Part of that was what the world of transportation would by the year 2000. Simulated low-flying cars buzzed through a model scene.
Part of this prediction was formulated by the Jetsons animated cartoon show. George, the man of the house had to work one-hour a day for two days a week. To get to this job he got into his flying car.
Of course, as often times is the case, we are nowhere near that reality but maybe we are getting there. When I visited the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) in OshKosh Wisconsin this past year there was a small manufacturer taking orders for his version of a flying car.
I think I was born too early as I would love to have been able to do my daily commute to the office that way. They were only $100.000 each…. Just plug in the GPS coordinates and push the start button. No aircraft license required.