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1905 Franklin Runabout

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1905

Summary

The Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York, manufactured luxury cars from 1902 until 1934. Franklins were inventive machines. This 1905 runabout is distinguished by its air-cooled engine which eliminated the need for a radiator. The engine is mounted transversely under the hood so that each of the four cylinders is cooled equally as the car travels.

Object ID

60.61.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Joseph W. Wilshire III.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

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1939 Sikorsky VS-300A Helicopter

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1939 Sikorsky VS-300A Helicopter

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Artifact

Helicopter

Date Made

1939

Summary

Igor Sikorsky, as a young man in Russia, tried unsuccessfully to build a helicopter in 1909. He went on to build fixed-wing aircraft but returned to helicopters in 1938. Within three years, he had developed the first practical helicopter in the United States: the VS-300A.

Object ID

43.140.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Heroes Of The Sky
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Heroes of the Sky

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1939 Sikorsky VS-300A Helicopter

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1948 Tucker 48 Sedan

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1948

Summary

Swooping fenders and six exhaust pipes make the Tucker look like a rocket ship. But Preston Tucker's car mixes fantasy with practicality. The center light turns with the front wheels to cast light around corners. Tail lights are visible from the side for safety. Doors curve into the roof for easier entry and exit, while grilles on the rear fenders feed cooling air to the rear-mounted engine.

Object ID

58.62.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Evening News Association.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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