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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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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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SAMSON TO PRESENT FORUM AT SEBRING U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO. January 20-23, 2016 in Sebring Florida. Join us, Wed. January 20th – 9:30-10:30 AM Forums area #2. “Flying Cars of the past – fast forward to the Samson Switchblade”. Presenter: Switchblade Kit Owner, James Mauch. For decades, people have dreamed of having flying cars. This […]

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Switchblade Update: 7 January, 2016

We placed the bottom spar bracket into position (above), and using several clamps to ensure the lower skin was held in place in the the wing jig (metal fixture for wing construction), we then put the upper spar bracket into place (below). With both upper and lower spar brackets having good positioning, we temporarily glued […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 20 December, 2015

After finishing the left wing, progress on the right wing has been going well. The skins were fitted to the jig, and then checked against the molds for correct trimming of the edges. We made adjustments to the jig that holds all of the wing parts in correct place for assembly, as the jig was […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE : 4 December, 2015

Big week last week! The left wing was completed, and this is how it went: We mounted the completed flap on the main wing, and double checked that the movement was still within spec. Then we took off the aileron and flap from the main wing, put it in the wing jig, and started prepping […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 15 November, 2015

We finally were able to finish bonding up the flap completely, now that the middle hinge was confirmed as to location and mounted. It didn’t take long to mix up the Hysol two-part adhesive, and spread the adhesive on all bonding surfaces (above). The next step was to place the top skin over the rest […]

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SWITCHBLADE UPDATE: 5 November, 2015

Next step on wing closeout was the fitting and bonding in of the wing root rib. The shot above is from the wing tip side looking down at the root area of the wing (next to the body), with the carbon rib shown in front of the metal wing hinge beam. We also bonded in […]

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