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Offline AndrewG

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Pinto flying car
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:03:39 AM »
Came across this today.....

"So this seems like a good idea.....  A Flying Pinto Car/Plane
The craft, a Mizar Flying Car, was a Ford Pinto powered by a 300-horsepower Lycoming aircraft engine and using the wings of a Cessna Skymaster bolted to braces on the frame.The craft was also equipped with a car engine to drive on the highway.

Unfortunately, the flying machine had a catastrophic wing failure after takeoff on Sept 11, 1973, crashing and killing both on board.

Yes, the Flying Pinto exploded."

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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014, 12:20:06 PM »
It was not a wing failure , it was a wing to body strut failure , so the whole mess like any car with no wing attached anymore hits the ground they all may exploade , or burn or etc,
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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2014, 01:18:03 PM »
There was actually a good bit of information about the Mizar project available via the homepage prior to this weekend's site updates - can't find it at the moment.  I'm sure it's not lost!  I always thought it was sort of strange that the Mizar crash occurred on the third anniversary of the Pinto's debut, which was September 11, 1970.  Unusual coincidence.


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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 01:40:19 PM »
Pintony has the only surviving prototype (it never flew).  He had it at Knott's a number of years ago. There is information about it at cookieboystoys site.  I know most here know this, but I'm assuming the original poster did not.

http://www.cookieboystoys.com/

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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2014, 04:08:54 PM »
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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 04:43:39 PM »
I didn't write the details in the initial post, just copied the text in quotations. Saw it on line and thought it might be interesting.  Thanks for the comments.

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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2014, 11:45:59 AM »
Pintony has the only surviving prototype (it never flew).  He had it at Knott's a number of years ago. There is information about it at cookieboystoys site.  I know most here know this, but I'm assuming the original poster did not.

http://www.cookieboystoys.com/

Pintony was contacted by Beau Boeckmann of Galpin earlier this year and a deal was made... Beau / Galpin purchased the Mizar and has trucked it back to California to be restored and put on display with the rest of the collector cars they have.
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Re: Pinto flying car
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 03:47:36 PM »
Interesting.  I recall a number of years back he sold the green ("Roll'in in my Pinto") car.  Then it seemed shortly there after he acquired the Mizar.  At the time I assumed the sale was related to the purchase.  Maybe not??? Seems kind of sad he is now minus two Pinto's of notoriety.