Early attempts of aviation. The Pitt Sky Car ornithopter device. A car equipped with an umbrella-like rotor intended for vertical takeoff. 'Sky car' written on a cloth sign on the chassis. A man in aviator's garb seated at the controls of the machine. The powerful motions of the pulsating rotor cause the machine to rise several inches. But it simply drops to the ground again. This happens with each oscillation of the rotor. (The motor-rotor devise was invented by John W. Pitts, of Detroit, Michigan, and patented in 1926. However, as seen in these images, it was a failure.)
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