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Friday, December 17, 2010

Hiller 1031-A-1 Flying Platform

Today's photo is another item on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center that I took when I revisited the center in early December. While at first it might look like some kind of UFO type object, it was created to be a one man aerial platform that could be controlled with very little training. I won't go over the entire readout from the attached photo that contains some information about the platform, but I thought it was pretty interesting that it was sort of like a flying Segway several decades before they were produced. It would have been pretty interesting had this craft been able to be mass-produced, but the safety precautions needed to fly the craft unfortunately made it too cumbersome to control.

As always, any comments and feedback is appreciated, and click on the photo to view it up to X3 in size!

Hiller 1031-A-1 Flying Platform

Display discussing the Hiller 1031-A-1 Flying Platform

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