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So there is this web site that covers 25 cars inspired by airplanes in the US.

Talk about some lovely rides and concepts.


But are you thinking about the Mustang fighter that inspired the Mustang car?

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Or....And I know you said same era as the P51 Mustang...which is WW2 propellar era. But the jet age did start during WW2, so....not only did Oldsmobile do the rocket theme logo and Rocket 88 name plates...


Ford had afterburner tail-lights in the 1950s and 1960s


Chrysler actually did have a turbine engine in their car and stylized accordingly


And modern Ford....




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Okay...Ill do another:  But this one is just for fun as I know this is not it. The Jet engine one is a legit response and guess.  I like this thread so Id like to continue posting pics of airplanes....

Junkers Ju-87 Stuka and Vought F4U Corsair






With Gullwing doors and scissor doors






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Well....I also thought about the 20 year thing placing the era at 1995 as well, but because I know my aircraft well, I know that airplanes in 1995 were not exactly new. All the designs in 1995 that flew were from the 1970s. F-16, F-18, MiG 29...And these airplanes were massaged designs from the 1960s  such as the F-15 and MiG 25...

Even the SR-71 is from the 1960s...the 1980s and 1990s were just about enhanced versions of the 1970s aircraft. Yes, this is an oversimplified revision, but this aint a history lesson on military aircraft either...

But the next generation aircraft..like the Stealth Bomber and the F-117 started in the 1990s and that is why y first post went to the SR-71 (first attempt at stealth) and to the F-117 with Lamborghini.

Sharp edges on cars is also used by Cadillac and Acura. Hardly industry wide, but I took a shot.

Yeah....I have nothing. I gave it all that I had. I have no idea what 1995ish airplane design made it into cars today. Like I said, the F-16, F-18 and MiG 29 were  1970s designs that what we have today are just better avionics and eletronics on these aircraft.

The Stealth stuff is truly late 1980s, 1990s stuff.

The we get the delta winged Mirages from the French. 1960s. Sorry, 1950s as Canada did the Avrow Arrow.


I see that it is indeed the WW2 era.... .

OK...bubble canopies...

The Spitfire and P-51D started with the bubble canopy thing.



Wrap around windshields and/or bubble top roofs?


 On modern cars?




They both have some sort of bubble top roof....

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I'll take a crack at this.

The '83 Ford Thunderturd was one of the earliest cars to have "aircraft-inspired" doorframes that wrapped into the roof to improve aerodynamics.


As for which aircraft that was supposed to be cribbed from, I have no idea. Maybe a Cessna 172?

However, I am confident this answer is probably definitely wrong.

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Ill do yet another one.  Im enjoying  searching for and pics of airplanes for a change.
I KNOW this aint it either, just doing this for pure fun for you folk and for me.

The single wing. Bi-Planes and Tri-Planes are sooooooo WW1.

Single wings started out just before WW2 in the 1930s.



Front air splitters




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54 minutes ago, Intrepidation said:

The exhaust thing is a neat comparison to make actually.


Even though some of my answers are just for fun, I tried to at least make logical connections.

Like the exhaust comparison. It was a serious and legit answer. The fire part was of pure levity though.

12 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Some Very cool answers, I am excited to eventually learn what it is! :P 

Yes. Me too as I dont know where else to go with comparisons....

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Well I think its been long enough. The answer is the Lockeed P-38 Lightning.



In the 1950S, General Motors design became a fantasia of fighter-plane imagery: canopy-like wraparound windshields, simulated jet intakes, afterburner exhaust ports and enough towering tail fins for an entire wing of United States Air Defense Command interceptors.

We can trace many of those cues back to a day in 1941, when GM styling vice president Harley Earl took a group of senior stylists to Michigan's Selfridge Field, home of the Army Air Corps' 1st Pursuit Group ( Fighter), to see a remarkable new aircraft. To Lockheed, it was the Model 22; the Army called it the P-38 Lightning.

Unless you were a dedicated aircraft spotter, most contemporary fighters looked more alike than different, but the P-38 could have flown out of the pages of “Buck Rogers.” It was an imposing and unusual sight, with its cockpit in a narrow pod between two turbo-charged Allison V12 engines, mounted in distinctive twin booms with short vertical fins.

It's a sign of Earl's influence (and perhaps the fact that former GM president William Knudsen had recently been appointed director of production by the undersecretary of war) that his stylists were able to study this new, still-secret airplane, which they did with enthusiasm. The P-38 had many interesting details, including the fins and radiator air intakes on each boom, but Cadillac chief stylist Bill Mitchell, who was there that day, said later that the designers were equally taken with the way the twin booms created a unity of line from nose to tail.

From inspiration to execution


Among the designers who visited Selfridge was Frank Hershey, then the head of GM's special projects and exports studio. Although Hershey would depart to become a naval officer, he didn't forget about the P-38. Both before and after his Navy service, Hershey's studio developed various design studies incorporating P-38 themes, including a 1944 proposal Hershey and Ned Nickles developed for Vauxhall, whose rear fenders had simulated chrome air intakes and stubby fins with integral taillights.

Hershey did a stint as interim head of Cadillac design in early 1945, but the fender and tail-fin treatment he and Nickles devised in special projects didn't find its way onto a production Cadillac design until later that year, after Mitchell returned from the Navy and resumed his previous role as Cadillac studio chief.

In late November 1945, GM was virtually shut down by a UAW strike. During the labor stoppage, Hershey, who knew the Cadillac team had just started work developing the all-new 1948 models, invited Cadillac stylists and modelers to continue their work at his 60-acre farm outside Detroit.

The renderings and scale models that emerged over the next four months from the studio in Hershey's basement all sported P-38-inspired fenders and tail fins. Hershey said later that the fighter also influenced the front end, but that connection is harder to see, overshadowed by Cadillac's tombstone grille. In any case, the fins added a rakish touch to a handsome car.

Unlike some later GM designs, the Caddy's aircraft origins weren't obvious, but the '48 Cadillac looked sleek, streamlined and sporty. As a bit of design continuity, it even incorporated a concealed fuel filler beneath the left taillight, a Cadillac feature since 1941.

Trouble at higher altitudes

The tail fins were a stylist's touch and met considerable resistance from Cadillac management and engineers. Nicholas Dreystadt, the division's general manager, had serious reservations about the fins, as did chief engineer Jack Gordon. Earl wasn't fond of the fins, either. They were considered a bit gimmicky—not only that, they were risky in what was a conservative market segment; the disastrous Chrysler Airflow just a decade earlier had demonstrated the potential consequences of outpacing the public's tastes.

According to Hershey, at one point Earl angrily insisted that Hershey remove the fins, which he mulishly refused to do. When Earl returned a few days later, however, he was relieved rather than infuriated to find out that Hershey had ignored his order: GM president Charlie Wilson and chairman Alfred P. Sloan had liked the fins, concluding (correctly) that they would be another signature styling feature for Cadillac.

Development of the full-size clays continued throughout the summer of 1946. Gordon, who replaced Dreystadt as general manager in June, still wasn't happy with the fins, and although he didn't dare order their deletion, he indeed pushed Mitchell to make them less prominent. Mitchell eventually tricked Gordon into thinking that the fins on the clay model had been lowered by raising one fin to make the other appear shorter.

There had been a similar battle over the 1938 Sixty Special, which some executives had worried was too advanced for Cadillac customers. Those fears had proven to be unfounded, and so would Dreystadt and Gordon's concerns about the tail fins. Buyer response was extremely favorable and the '48 Cadillac sold well, despite a late introduction and a short model year.

Rise and fall


By the time the public got a glimpse of the Cadillac's fins, their inspiration was on its way out: Only a handful of Lightnings remained in service by 1948. The P-38 had racked up an impressive number of kills in the Pacific, but newer fighters made it obsolete.

The era of the automotive tail fin was just beginning. Dynamic styling helped Cadillac become America's No. 1 luxury brand from 1949 on, and the tail fin's close association with Cadillac undoubtedly contributed to the feature's booming popularity. By the mid-'50s, it was the executives who were pushing for fins, over the stylists' protests.

Cadillac's tail fins began to grow in 1955, reaching a delirious apogee in 1959. Cadillac designers actually considered abandoning the fins for the limited-production 1959-60 Eldorado Brougham, but Earl vetoed that idea, saying that Cadillac was not Cadillac without them.

Earl retired in late 1958, and after that, GM's air force was swiftly grounded. The wraparound windshields and “Flash Gordon” gewgaws disappeared by the mid-'60s; the fins receded and then went the way of the P-38 that inspired them—a symbol, like the P-38 itself, of an idea whose time had come and gone.

Its worth noting that Cadillac still uses tail fins in a very subtle way with their tail light lenses. In this small way the P-38's legacy as an automotive inspiration lives on.

Hope you had fun with this!

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:metal: That is awesome, very cool, I had forgot about this plane but did love it too just like my all time favorite Corsair with the wings that make the plan look like it has a W for the complete wing assembly.

Very Cool :metal:

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