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Jake Schultz Aerocar Film Collection

 Collection — Box: Film Box 5, Reel: 1
Identifier: 2006-10-12
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 driven around the airfield while in its plane configuration and Taylor, with assistance from an unidentified man, converting the Aerocar to its car configuration. Other aircraft at the airfield are also shown, including a Learjet 45 (tail number N457LJ). Bill Lear is seen briefly at 00:01:18.

The footage is in color and silent and is three minutes and 42 seconds long.


  • 1968


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The film in this collection may not be handled, but a digital surrogate is available on our The Museum of Flight Digital Collections. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 film reel)

Biographical Note: Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a Museum of Flight volunteer who contributes to public programs and other Museum events. He also serves on the Spaceflight Committee for the Board of Trustees. As a Boeing employee, he has worked as a technical analyst and as the company’s corporate historian. In 2006, he published the book A Drive in the Clouds: The Story of the Aerocar.
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.

  • “Molt Taylor.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, June 2, 2021.
  • "Taylor, Moulton "Molt" (1912-1995)" by Rita Cipala, December 3, 2019. History Link.
Historical Note: Taylor Aerocar Aerocar International's Aerocar (often called the Taylor Aerocar) was an American roadable aircraft, designed and built by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, in 1949. Although six examples were built, the Aerocar never entered production.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Materials at the Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight Archives has several other accessions related to the Aerocar. Jake Shchltz has donated other materials related to the Aerocar under accession numbers 2007-05-15, 2013-07-02, and 2011-12-05. Another Aerocar film is under accession 1992-01-11. Records from Moulton Taylor regarding the Aerocar are under accession numbers 2005-06-05 and 1998-11-18.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival portion of the collection and are kept in objects storage:
  • Model of Aerojeep
  • Model of Aerocar I prototype
  • Aerocar III rubber stamp


Guide to the Jake Schultz Aerocar Film Collection
Completed - Level 2
A. Matthews
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging, and digitization of the film in this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Recordings at Risk" grant.
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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