1953 Fletcher Flair
The Fletcher Flair was a prototype amphibious vehicle designed and created by Wendell Fletcher of Fletcher Aviation in 1953. The US Government had issued a solicitation for bids to build an amphibious vehicle based on the VW Schwimmwagen used by Germany in WWII. The all aluminum Fletcher design was powered by a 4-cylinder Porsche 356 drivetrain, modified to make it a four-wheel drive. The company hoped to sell the vehicle to the US Army but the vehicle performed poorly in the water and the Army passed and awarded the contract to another firm.
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