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Samson Switchblade at AirVenture 2012

We thought we should post a few pictures of our experience at AirVenture 2012 so that people who did not attend could gain a sense of the excitement generated by the Switchblade. Samson Motors CEO Sam Bousfield giving a talk “Switchblade Flying Car Production” to a packed house of over 100 people. Sam Bousfield speaking […]

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Switchblade Update 15 July, 2012

Changing the cg helped quite a bit, and we continued to change it to get closer to acceptable cg during testing today. The tail now has functioning rudders (not available the first day). The rudders also helped make testing easier and more fruitful. Rudder control and steering by the nose-wheel was uneventful – just what […]

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Switchblade Update 14 July, 2012

The 1/4 scale prototype has been completed and initial flight testing started. The pictures below are of the completed prototype being taken to our “secret test facility”. We did not paint the vehicle for the first few hours of testing Saturday evening. There was ample thrust once the battery solution was perfected. The electric motor/prop/battery […]

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Switchblade Update 11 July, 2012

The quarter scale model is coming together blazingly fast due to superhuman efforts of Joe Marine at Race Pro Engineering. He has been putting in 15 hour days+, and really working to make the deadline of first flight before AirVenture. We have the pilot lined up again, and video cameras ready for as soon as […]

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SWITCHBLADE PROGRESS REPORT, JUNE 15, 2012

The second 1/4 scale prototype is being madly worked upon to finish and fly prior to AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Pro-builder, Joe Marine, of Race Pro Engineering in California, is seen giving one of the molds a work-over to get it into shape. The molds needed tremendous work to get them ready to pull the […]

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SWITCHBLADE PROGRESS REPORT, March 14, 2012

We are at the final stages of building the quarter-scale flying prototype. The propeller spinner is yet to come, as is a final coat of primer plus a little fillet work at the wing-to-body intersection. We are very happy with the quality of work being done, and of course are looking closely now at our […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, October 10, 2011

The 1/4 scale radio control model and wind tunnel model is making progress. The cnc (computer numerically controlled) machining has been accomplished, and the body, tail and wing shapes are ready for the prep work to make molds. Once the molds are made, parts will be manufactured from them for the fiberglass panels that make […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, September 9, 2011

The first radio controlled 1/4 scale model of the Switchblade is coming along nicely. Steering, suspension, and back-bone frame are completed and ready for the fiberglass skins that are being developed still. The next step is to have cores precisely machined so that we can build molds from them, and then make fiberglass parts that […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, August 16, 2011

Ducted fan design has been accomplished, with results better than expected. A duct has many features that are beneficial, and some that are not. Of course, every propulsion system has both drawbacks and advantages. In the case of our duct, we have increased static thrust (good for take-off) and decreased noise (good for neighborhood relations). This came at […]

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Switchblade Progress Report, August 6, 2011

We have been validating some of the technologies that we are wishing to include in the future Switchblade engine. One of these is Hydrogen Boost to increase fuel mileage and reduce emissions. Hydrogen Boost has been used for decades to increase the efficiency of fuel burn in combustion engines, mainly diesel engines in Canada. The […]

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