Transport: Flapjack Flipped

Ervin Elzie Joy, 28, of Vancouver, Wash., operates a railroad drawbridge. In his spare time he is an Unlicensed air pilot and builds planes. After five years of patient tinkering, Inventor Joy produced a 28-foot, wingless, flat fuselage shaped like an attenuated sting ray, which he called a Flying Flapjack. Last week he announced that his Flapjack was ready for tests, almost ready for mass production, would revolutionize aviation. At Vancouver's Pearson Field one afternoon unlicensed Test Pilot Sidney Monastes climbed aboard, tuned the twin 38-h.p. motors, taxied out for the start. The...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!