mardi 16 juin 2009

Le saviez-vous? La voiture volante de Wilbur Clinton

Wilbur Clinton au volant de son engin.

Il y cent ans, l'automobile et l'aviation en étaient à leurs premiers balbutiements. Beaucoup d'ingénieurs rêvaient alors de lier les deux techniques et de créer un véhicule hybride capable de voler aussi bien qu'il roule.

La voiture volante de Wilbur Clinton.

Comme ses confrères, Wilbur Clinton se mit au travail. Il conçut un engin qui répondait en tous points au cahier des charges qu'il s'était fixé: rouler ou voler à volonté, sans transition ni attente.

Il s'installa dans la vallée de Stoneflower et procéda aux essais de son engin. Plusieurs fois, le roulage se passa sans problème et le décollage aussi. Mais le vol connut des problèmes à chaque tentative et l'aéronef s'écrasa systématiquement, souvent sans blesser Clinton. Malheureusement, à la 37ème tentative, l'engin percuta le sol plus fort que précédemment et l'ingénieur ne survécut pas.

Le dernier crash de Wilbur Clinton.

A la suite de ce drame, les ingénieurs calmèrent leurs ardeurs et c'est ainsi qu'aujourd'hui encore, il faut patienter des heures en voiture sur le chemin de l'aéroport pour aller prendre l'avion. Le saviez-vous?

Stoneflower Valley après les essais de Wilbur Clinton.

20 commentaires:

zit a dit…

Mais quel distrait aussi, ce Wilbur !, on voit bien le problème, si l'on compare le schéma et la photo du tragique accident : il avait tout simplement oublié de remettre la queue en place !

z (c'est d'ailleurs de là que vient l'expression :« les hommes sont gouvernés par la queue », je répêêêêêêêêêêête : heuuuu, non, faut que j'y aille là…)

l'agent A a dit…

N'empêche… derrière ses lunettes de coureur automobile, je l'ai bien reconnu notre Caplan cisalpin. Il nous fait croire de ces trucs, hein… pas croyables ! Tout ça par pure modestie, avec toutes ses inventions extraordinaires.

Caplan a dit…

@ Zit: Ah oui! Effectivement, Wilbur a oublié la queue!

Tu peux revenir!

@ l'agent A: Tu es très perspicace, mais ce n'est pas moi, c'est mon grand-père!

Et je n'invente rien, je ne fais que des chroniques fidèles! ;-)

Lionel Chollet a dit…

Bonjour Caplan et les fidèles sabordeurs. Sachez que Wilbur n'est pas mort sans postérité.

http://www.terrafugia.com/photogallery.html

Caplan a dit…

Excellent, Lionel!

Je ne savais pas qu'il avait des successeurs aussi talentueux!

J'espère que ça marche à l'hydrogène, au moins!

Lionel Chollet a dit…

Je ne me rappelle plus à quoi ça tourne, carburant normal ou aviation… C'est un vieux lien ressorti du hangar, je ne l'ai pas fait redécoller.

l'agent A a dit…

Tiens… j'ai trouvé ça : http://mpolacco.free.fr/www/ciel/car/car_list.php

Caplan a dit…

Oui, agent A. J'ai regardé la chose. Mais il s'agit plus d'un substitut à l'hélicoptère que d'une voiture-avion, non?

Non, non. Wilbur avait fait très fort! ;-)

Lionel Chollet a dit…

Dans la liste, il y a de "vraies" voitures-avions; et d'ailleurs on n'y trouve pas d'illustration de l'engin dont Michel Polacco parle dans son article de 1999! ;-)

10 ans après, la société Moller International semble encore exister, mais elle ne prend toujours pas de commandes… http://www.moller.com/

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