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Taylor, Molt, 1912-1995

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1912-1995

Biographical Note: Molt Taylor

Moulton B. “Molt” Taylor was an inventor and aviation enthusiast best known for inventing the Aerocar, a widely publicized roadable aircraft. He was born in 1912 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Washington, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1936, serving as a pilot during World War II. He was awarded the Legion of Merit medal for his work on the Navy’s Gorgon missile program.

Shortly after the war, Taylor designed the first prototype of the Aerocar. In 1949, he founded Aerocar International in Longview, Washington intending to design and manufacture Aerocars on a larger scale. Only six Aerocars were ever produced. Taylor died in 1995.

Sources:
  • “Molt Taylor.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, June 2, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molt_Taylor.
  • "Taylor, Moulton "Molt" (1912-1995)" by Rita Cipala, December 3, 2019. History Link. https://www.historylink.org/file/20929.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - T

 Sub-Group
Scope and Contents Inidividuals whose names begin with T: Takayuki, Takasow [Japanese pilot] Folder 1: Handwritten letter with biographical information about Takayuki, 1997Folder 1: Black-and-white photograph of Takayuki, circa 1911-1913 Tallman, Frank [Movie stunt pilot] "The Mad, Mad World of the Stunt Flier," Saturday Evening Post,...

Roy A. Parsons Aerocar Film

 Collection — Box: Film Box 5, Reel: 1
Identifier: 1992-01-11
Contents of the Collection The Roy A. Parsons Aerocar Film is a small collection consisting of one privately shot 8mm film from 1968 of the Aerocar with inventor Molt Taylor demonstrating features of the aircraft. The footage, which was shot in Washington State, begins with the Aerocar III (N100D) in its car configuration, towing its folded wing attachment. Taylor and an unidentified man then convert the Aerocar to its plane configuration and take off from an unidentified airfield. The Aerocar is shown in...

Jake Schultz Aerocar Film Collection

 Collection — Box: Film Box 5, Reel: 1
Identifier: 2006-10-12
Contents of the Collection The Jake Schultz Aerocar Film Collection is a small collection consisting of one film related to Molt Taylor and the Aerocar III (N100D), circa 1968. The footage includes multiple segments. The first segment depicts Taylor and others on a rocky shoreline at Cape Disappointment, Washington; the Cape Disappointment lighthouse is visible in some shots. The footage then transitions to an unidentified airfield, where Taylor is shown with the Aerocar III. Scenes include the Aerocar being...

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