Birds Do It, Planes Do It, So Why, Asks Prop-Ular Mechanic Tony Goitia, Can't Cars Fly?
updated 09/10/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/10/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Goitia, 32, a Brooklyn auto mechanic and amateur inventor, is incensed at the arrest. "I told the police, 'Look, I'm testing my invention,' and they put me in jail like a criminal," he says.
A native of Puerto Rico who constructed his propeller from old auto parts and scrap metal, Goitia claims that it not only increases speed but improves gas mileage. He is so pleased with his invention, in fact, that he is now designing a multipropeller model that he says will actually fly. "It will just take me two, three days," he says, "then it will be ready." He is also working on a mini-power plant to run an entire houseful of electric lights without using any energy. "Anything is possible," he says philosophically. "People have no imagination. They say, 'You're crazy.' But I know what I'm doing."
Lieutenant Dempsey is not one of those naysayers who question Goitia's sanity. "Hey, they laughed at Edison," he says. "Maybe this guy knows something we don't know."