The Fabulous Flamingo deserves its name on the list of the weirdest, most unique RVs ever built. With plenty of spare time and money, coupled with a rich imagination and fierce determination, you can achieve great things, even if it’s merging the fuselage of an airplane with a fuselage. delivery truck to create a giant RV, surprisingly luxurious interior. No kidding, this one-of-a-kind RV is completely real, and the video below helps us understand the interesting details about it.
This unusual hybrid vehicle, called “The Fabulous Flamingo”, consists of a Douglas R4D military transport fuselage grafted onto the chassis of an International DuraStar 4400. The brains behind the combination are unbelievable. Here comes Gino Lucci, a retired US Air Force soldier from Nashville, Michigan, who has been dreaming of such a machine since he was only eight years old. Decades later, Lucci had the chance to get to work and make his dream come true.
Work began when one of Lucci’s sons found the fuselage in Rolla, Missouri, where it had been abandoned for years. Originally flown by naval forces in South America, it was last used as a test plane by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) more than 30 years ago, before a sudden tornado caused it to fly. stop working. As a result, the actual condition of this aircraft is not very ideal.
They bought it immediately despite its dilapidated condition, and with his sons, Lucci merged the plane with the chassis of a truck he owned in a process described described as “fun science”. First, the truck was towed to the side of the Douglas R4D, and then Lucci and his sons began measuring the proportions before chopping the fuselage. After many times placing the airframe on the chassis to see what was left to cut, they finally got it right.
This unique RV is 3.81 meters tall, and 11.6 meters long, so you can imagine how challenging it is to drive it on the road. It features the truck’s stock 7.6-liter Navistar DT466 engine, with outputs rated between 210 and 300 hp. Of course, the engine has also received the necessary adjustments to be able to pull the weight of the car up to 7,771 kg, and can even reach a maximum speed of up to 137 km / h.
In total, this particular project cost Lucci $20,000, and the plane’s engine was repurposed as the car’s front fenders while the rear fenders were used as jet fuel tanks. Interestingly, Lucci said that if the RV was more than half an inch (1.25 cm) wide, it would be illegal to drive it on public roads. The large side mirrors are from a 1970s Ford pickup, while the emergency exits on both sides have been retained from the Douglas R4D.
The interior of the hybrid vehicle looks exactly like an RV with all the usual amenities, but the aviation theme is preserved by installing military switches as well as a capable intercom system. from the 1940s. Lucci and his family needed about a year to make the RV rideable, and another two years to perfect all the other details