The Zerbe Air Sedan was an early attempt at a passenger plane
At the Dominguez Air Meet in California,Professor J. S. Zerbe attempted to fly hismultiplanePicking up speed, its front wheel hit a holeCollapsed… damaged a wing
Zerbe began building an airplane for agroup of Missouri businessmenThe design had with a fully enclosedcockpit and passenger areaThe aircraft looked more like a small buswith four wings mounted on top
Zerbe used a wing warping system for controlThe more common elevator system would haveworked betterThe war surplus rotary engine from Francethrew castor oil on the planes windshield,blocking the pilot’s vision
It supposedly flew 1,000 feetSome say the plane flew fifty feet off the groundSome say fifty inchesOthers mention a few hops off the ground
After Washington County Fairgrounds,Zerbe disappears from historyThe fate of the Zerbe Air Sedanremains a mysteryCould it be in some old Arkansas barn?