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 You can find this Land Yacht and its Blue Streak buddy in in the Dutch National Motor Museum: Het National Automobiel Museum, Steurweg, 8, Raamsdonksveer. You can find this Land Yacht and its Blue Streak buddy in in the Dutch National Motor Museum: Het National Automobiel Museum, Steurweg, 8, Raamsdonksveer.
  
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 Curtiss -Wright Aerocar - Florida -- Packard'​s took over Curtiss -Wright in 1956. Curtiss -Wright Aerocar - Florida -- Packard'​s took over Curtiss -Wright in 1956.
  
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 Attempts at roadable aircraft have been made since the advent of the airplane itself. Only fourteen years after the Wright brothers first flew, Glenn Curtiss tried to develop a flying automobile. His design was exhibited at the 1917 Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition in New York. This vehicle was abandoned after the flight characteristics were deemed unacceptable. Attempts at roadable aircraft have been made since the advent of the airplane itself. Only fourteen years after the Wright brothers first flew, Glenn Curtiss tried to develop a flying automobile. His design was exhibited at the 1917 Pan-American Aeronautic Exposition in New York. This vehicle was abandoned after the flight characteristics were deemed unacceptable.
  
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 Curtiss created a lavish "motor bungalow"​ as early as 1919. In 1928, he revamped his design and called it the Aerocar. It looked, on the outside, like a fancy horse trailer. It featured four berths, a galley, running water and an "​observatory cockpit with a glass roof," according to Wheel Estate, and cost a whopping $2,500. Curtiss created a lavish "motor bungalow"​ as early as 1919. In 1928, he revamped his design and called it the Aerocar. It looked, on the outside, like a fancy horse trailer. It featured four berths, a galley, running water and an "​observatory cockpit with a glass roof," according to Wheel Estate, and cost a whopping $2,500.
  
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 The Aerocar - sophisticated,​ streamlined,​ and lightweight - was the precursor of today'​s travel-trailer. It was pneumatically hitched to the car with a flat rubber donut in a steel box, cushioning shock forward, back, up, down, and sideways. The Curtiss Aerocar Co. was a thriving business into the late 1930's (old friend Hugh Robinson was its 1930'​s ​ president). In August, 1928, Curtiss pulled an Aerocar (above) Miami-New York,  in 39 hours! The Aerocar - sophisticated,​ streamlined,​ and lightweight - was the precursor of today'​s travel-trailer. It was pneumatically hitched to the car with a flat rubber donut in a steel box, cushioning shock forward, back, up, down, and sideways. The Curtiss Aerocar Co. was a thriving business into the late 1930's (old friend Hugh Robinson was its 1930'​s ​ president). In August, 1928, Curtiss pulled an Aerocar (above) Miami-New York,  in 39 hours!
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 In 1898, John A. Schroeder, a young Swedish engineer emigrated to the United States and became involved in the birth of the American automobile industry as, first, the chief engineer for the Standard Roller Bearing company and later, the vice president of sales and engineering for the Elgin Motorcar Company and then, general manager of Wills-St.Claire,​ Inc., another early auto manufacturer. Being attracted to the infant activity of trailering, he built his first trailer in 1922 for personal use, and quickly became an enthusiastic promoter of the embryonic industry that was being poorly received by many Americans. In 1898, John A. Schroeder, a young Swedish engineer emigrated to the United States and became involved in the birth of the American automobile industry as, first, the chief engineer for the Standard Roller Bearing company and later, the vice president of sales and engineering for the Elgin Motorcar Company and then, general manager of Wills-St.Claire,​ Inc., another early auto manufacturer. Being attracted to the infant activity of trailering, he built his first trailer in 1922 for personal use, and quickly became an enthusiastic promoter of the embryonic industry that was being poorly received by many Americans.
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 In 1938, he had written, referring to his acquisition of Detroit Aerocar ten years earlier, "After studying it from all angles, I determined that there was a great future for trailer coaches and that a new industry was making its debut. For several years many of my friends took great delight in kidding me about fooling away my time and money. They were thoroughly convinced that people would not drive on the roads with that thing dangling about back there. It has become a matter of pride with me to prove them wrong"​. In 1938, he had written, referring to his acquisition of Detroit Aerocar ten years earlier, "After studying it from all angles, I determined that there was a great future for trailer coaches and that a new industry was making its debut. For several years many of my friends took great delight in kidding me about fooling away my time and money. They were thoroughly convinced that people would not drive on the roads with that thing dangling about back there. It has become a matter of pride with me to prove them wrong"​.
  
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 Eaton Reo/Aerocar Rig Eaton Reo/Aerocar Rig
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 This ultra-streamline Reo tractor was specially built to tow a Curtiss Aerocar, on of the earliest production fifth-wheel trailers. Custom built for Dr. Hubert Eaton of the Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, its innovative cab-forward aluminum and leatherette body was constructed by Standard Carriage Works of Low Angeles, a coachbuilder that specialized in bodies for trucks and other commercial vehicles. It featured a large storage area, sleeping quarters for the driver, and a separate four-cylinder engine for auxilliary power. A Williams air-brake an dual rear-wheels accommodate the permanently attachehed 10,000 pound trailer. First equipped with a flat-12 White truck engine, the Reo tractor was fitted with a 300-horsepower Cummins 6-cylinder diesel in 1953 when the original engine wore out after more than 250,000 miles of use. This ultra-streamline Reo tractor was specially built to tow a Curtiss Aerocar, on of the earliest production fifth-wheel trailers. Custom built for Dr. Hubert Eaton of the Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, its innovative cab-forward aluminum and leatherette body was constructed by Standard Carriage Works of Low Angeles, a coachbuilder that specialized in bodies for trucks and other commercial vehicles. It featured a large storage area, sleeping quarters for the driver, and a separate four-cylinder engine for auxilliary power. A Williams air-brake an dual rear-wheels accommodate the permanently attachehed 10,000 pound trailer. First equipped with a flat-12 White truck engine, the Reo tractor was fitted with a 300-horsepower Cummins 6-cylinder diesel in 1953 when the original engine wore out after more than 250,000 miles of use.
  
-The luxurious and expensive Aerocar trailer was built by Curtiss of Coral Gables, Florida, a firm also known for motorcycles and pioneering aircraft. Nicknamed"​Vagabond"​ by Dr. Eaton, it was outfitted for hunting excursions and to transport company executives on trips to inspect various real-estate holdings. Special features include a self-contained restroom and kitchen, comfortable seating for eight, cup holders, and an observation deck equipped with a speedometer,​ compass, and intercom for communication with the driver. Though currently set up for day travel, the interior can be modified to sleep up to six passengers. The dramatically styled rig was in regular use until retired by Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in 1991 - Peterson Automotive Museum+The luxurious and expensive Aerocar trailer was built by Curtiss of Coral Gables, Florida, a firm also known for motorcycles and pioneering aircraft. Nicknamed "​Vagabond"​ by Dr. Eaton, it was outfitted for hunting excursions and to transport company executives on trips to inspect various real-estate holdings. Special features include a self-contained restroom and kitchen, comfortable seating for eight, cup holders, and an observation deck equipped with a speedometer,​ compass, and intercom for communication with the driver. Though currently set up for day travel, the interior can be modified to sleep up to six passengers. The dramatically styled rig was in regular use until retired by Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in 1991 - Peterson Automotive Museum 
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 +A trailer business of a different sort is largely monopolized by Aerocar Co. of Detroit and Curtiss Aerocar Co. of Coral Gables, Fla. These two completely separate concerns control patents originally obtained by Glenn Curtiss, specialize in custom-built trailers costing from $1,000 to $5,000. Known as the "​Rolls-Royces of the industry,"​ Aerocars have been bought by W. K. Vanderbilt, Joseph E. Widener, Philip K. Wrigley, many another tycoon with an itching foot. U. S. Ambassador to Denmark Ruth Bryan Owen toured Europe in one. Oilman Henry L. Doherty owns two, also owns much Curtiss Aerocar Co. stock. 
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 +Read more: [[http://​www.time.com/​time/​magazine/​article/​0,​9171,​756317-2,​00.html#​ixzz0j1Nnu1fE]]
  
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