How the Corvair went from ‘death trap’ to DIY airplane

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Kevin Urgiles

The year is 1965. You are speeding down the road in your new Chevrolet Corvair. As you pull up to your destination, you can’t help but notice some people squirming and side-eyeing you. They just finished reading Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed and think you are a safety hazard for driving a Corvair. Little do they know that you are driving what will one day not only be a collectible, but will also influence the lives of thousands of people making planes in their backyards. This is the story of how the Corvair went from innovative, to controversial, to airplane. 

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