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Henry Smolinski was an engineer who left his job to start a company that would bring a flying car to market. In 1973, the company built its first two prototypes made by fusing the rear end of a Cessna Skymaster airplane with a Ford Pinto. Smolinski was set to begin production for the retail market, but on Sept. 11, 1973, he went on a test flight with pilot Harold Blake and was killed, along with Blake, when a wing strut detached from the car.7 inventors killed by their inventions

Henry Smolinski was an engineer who left his job to start a company that would bring a flying car to market. In 1973, the company built its first two prototypes made by fusing the rear end of a Cessna Skymaster airplane with a Ford Pinto. Smolinski was set to begin production for the retail market, but on Sept. 11, 1973, he went on a test flight with pilot Harold Blake and was killed, along with Blake, when a wing strut detached from the car.
7 inventors killed by their inventions

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    Interesting how flying accidents occur on September 11th
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    It’s the incredible FLYING PINTO, the “AVE Mizar”! I love daring, ridiculous, beautiful things like this; too bad it...
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