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|Born||29 September 1912
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Died||16 November 1995 (aged 83)|
|Known for||The Taylor Aerocar|
Moulton B. "Molt" Taylor (September 29, 1912 – November 16, 1995) was an American aeronautical engineer famed for his work developing and producing on a small scale one of the first practical flying cars, the Taylor Aerocar.
Life and career
Taylor was born in Portland, Oregon and studied engineering at the University of Washington. After graduation, he was accepted into the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II, and spent much of the war working on the Navy's Gorgon missile program, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit medal. Shortly after the war, he designed his first flying car, the Aerocar, and founded Aerocar International in Longview, Washington, to develop, manufacture and market the aircraft. To date, it remains the closest that any such design came to actual mass production, but eventually only six were built.
Although Taylor continued to push for the viability of the flying car throughout the rest of his life, he also designed a number of only slightly more conventional designs for the homebuilt aircraft market, including the Taylor Coot amphibian and the Aerocar IMP family of light sport planes (which consists of the Mini, Micro and Ultra IMP).
In a 1979 article about the future of flight past the year 2000, Taylor somewhat inaccurately predicted widespread use of flying autos and pusher configurations, however he did accurately predict the mainstream use of carbon materials for lightweight spars and wing ribs.
Awards and honors
The Kelso-Longview Regional Airport is also known as the "Molt Taylor Field".
- Peter Lert (January 1979). "Designers talk about the future". Air Progress.
- "Franklin Laureate Database - Edward Longstreth Medal 1960 Laureates". Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2011.