According to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum, the 2500's specifications were the following:

"The Air Car was built of welded steel tubing covered by molded sheet metal. It was powered by two 180hp Lycoming engines mounted one forward and one aft of the passenger compartment.

Each engine was used to drive, via reduction gears, a single four-bladed lift fan placed within a plenum chamber. The two chambers created a cushion of air 10-15 inches thick. Forward propulsion was supplied by air bled off the chambers and expelled at low velocity through two sets of louvers on each side of the vehicle."

Length - 21 Ft Width - 8 Ft Height - 6 Ft 1 In Weight - 2,770 lbs. Cruising speed: 20 mph Max speed: 38 mph.


Even the U.S. Military bought two vehicles for engineering and operational evaluation in 1960, but since Curtiss-Wright's wonder couldn't even deal with a bit of terrain, they abandoned the idea in less than a year.


Hat tip to NAK! Photo credit: Righter Family Archive, Curtiss-Wright Corporation and Mechanix Illustrated