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SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE FEATURES SWITCHBLADE IN MAY ISSUE The Switchblade is prominently featured in the article “The Future of Cars Is Already Here”, examining the future of flying cars, drones and autonomous cars, by renowned journalist and Best Selling author Jack Hitt. Talented photographer John Lee’s images truly bring the 1/4 scale wind tunnel model and […]

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Florida Aviation Network (FAN) interview with host Ben Coleman and Switchblade Owners Brian Purdy and Frank Hanlon.

Switchblade Owners Frank Hanlon and Brian Purdy speak with host Ben Coleman of FAN, discussing the vehicle’s safety features, and what engineering and wind tunnel testing have been done. Frank, a Captain at the Nantucket Island Fire Department, describes how his Switchblade will give him much more flexibility in travel. They also give some of […]

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FAN interview with Brian Purdy, Ken Chatham II & Ken Chatham Sr. – Host Ben Coleman

What is the Switchblade? Brian describes it as the first flying sports car, a new way of thinking about travel, freedom. Some of the features of the instrument panel are described as well as the Motus V-4 engine. The action of the wing swing mechanism is shown in a video clip. As an Angel Flight […]

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Switchblade Owners Ken Chatham II and Ken Sr. radio interview

Mel Smith, Host of Sun ’n Fun Radio AM 1510, interviewed Switchblade Owners Ken Chatham II and Ken Chatham Sr. (taking this photo off the set). They discussed the concept of a flying car and Samson’s goal to develop a vehicle that is safe and comfortable while driving and while flying. Ken II, an Angel […]

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Flying Sports Car on Central Oregon’s Horizon

Cascade Business News Flying Sports Car on Central Oregon’s Horizon BY KRYSTAL MARIE COLLINS CBN FEATURE WRITER Aiming to spotlight Central Oregon startups that are economic trend setters, this column searches out local businesses demonstrating innovations that have the potential to set industry standards outside our region. The Switchblade by Samson Motors shatters current […]

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SUN ’N FUN IS NEXT WEEK !! (April 5-10, 2016)

Please join us for one of the Samson Switchblade Forum presentations! Tues. April 5 @ 9:00AM Room 5 Thurs. April 7 @ 11:00AM Room 3 Fri. April 8 @ 12:00PM Room 3 Sun. April 10 @ 9:00AM Room 5 Forums are held in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), across the street from the Florida […]

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Huge progress this month. The image above shows the final plug for the rear of the Switchblade, looking forward towards the front of the vehicle through the ducted fan in the rear. There are four separate pieces to this plug, which were roughly positioned for this image so we can show how it will look […]

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Front page coverage!

The Bulletin / By Scott Hammers Published Feb 23, 2016 at 12:01AM In Prineville, flying car gets closer to takeoff. Test flight for Samson Switchblade planned for summer. PRINEVILLE — Crouched on the floor of a hangar Monday at Prineville Airport, Sam Bousfield ran his hand across a seemingly simple hinge cast in aluminum. Built […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 22 January, 2016

The lower wing spar bracket (metal piece that takes loads from the main wing beam or spar) was bonded into place (above), and it went much more smoothly than the left wing. The parts were coated with Hysol bonding agent, and then the spar bracket was slid into place. The high-strength shear bolts were positioned […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 14 January, 2016

The next steps completed were to bond in the nut plates, which are like nuts for bolts, but glued in place. These went in twelve locations, and a portion of them are shown above. The bonding is done using the two-part adhesive we use for bonding composite parts together, and there is an orange rubber […]

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