Don't Call It a Flying Car, But It Does Fly

Meet George Jetson! Oh, wait, perhaps not. The Terrafugia Transition is called a "roadable aircraft" by the company emphasizing it's more agile in the air than on the ground. At least, it is supposed to be, and a maiden flight test showed that indeed it is.

While many will call this a flying airplane, Terrafugia is quite clear in their FAQ
Perfect for trips between 100 and 500 miles, the Transition is not designed to replace anyone's automobile.
Air-wise, where the Transition is more at home, it has a range of 450 miles, with a top speed of 115 mph.  You can stop into any Chevron or Shell for a fill-up: it uses standard unleaded automotive gasoline.

It's also as big (or rather, bigger) than a Cadillac Escalade, at least width-wise.  An Escalade is 79" wide, while the Transition is one inch wider when its wings are folded.  The Transition is 6'9" in height, and with wings extended, its wingspan is 27'6".  Transforming to or from airplane mode takes 30 seconds.

While the flight was successful, this is just a proof-of-concept model.  Customer delivery (they are taking pre-orders) is 2011.  Still, it does fly. Watch the flight video attached to this post.
Via:  Terrafugia
Tags:  Airplane, Technology
Comments
peti1212 5 years ago

That was awesome. I want one! :)

ice91785 5 years ago

Who wouldn't? Cheap airfare after all -- do you think by 2015 that ntl airlines are going to begin to declare bankrupcy across the board?

Super Dave 5 years ago

That thing could elevate road-rage to new heights!Big Smile

 

Oblio211 5 years ago

Very cool but if everyone could own one there would be Accidents Galore!!

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="Oblio211"]

Very cool but if everyone could own one there would be Accidents Galore!!

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Yes, and a DUI could take-out an entire apartment complex!

ice91785 5 years ago

Don't you guys watch the Jetsons? They have floating traffic lights to avoid accidents!

Super Dave: wouldn't crashing your car into the base of a building do about as much damage as hitting the top of one? Just sayin.. Wink

Der Meister 5 years ago

Ha! most people cant handel a 2d enviorment just think if you give them an extra dimention... Save us all!!!

tanka12345 5 years ago

Maybe Dave or Marco could review one, as that is sure a piece of 'HotHardware!

cuddle 5 years ago

Didn't the Orville and Wilbur do basically the same thing in 1903 but without all the extra thingies on board that sorta look like a car?

All in all be nice to see them become viable. Need a little levity and comic relief in our lives don't you know!

Only problem I see is if you have an accident who do you call, AAA or the FFA?

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="cuddle"]Only problem I see is if you have an accident who do you call, AAA or the FFA?[/quote]

The Fire Dept. and the Coroner.

tanka12345 5 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

[quote user="cuddle"]Only problem I see is if you have an accident who do you call, AAA or the FFA?[/quote]

The Fire Dept. and the Coroner.

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Why the Coroner Dave? Wink Seems like you think that every accident will end badly. They showed this on 3 News today, and it was very interesting. I'm proud, because I saw it on HH first. Yes

Super Dave 5 years ago

Check THIS out, Tanka!Big Smile

 

ice91785 5 years ago

Whoa....SuperDave. That is simply kick-@$$! Its like a low powered herrior eh? 

 

I am guessing that was your own car right? :)

Super Dave 5 years ago

I'm guessing that thing must be filled with helium! It sure looks realistic, though! 

mentaldisorder 5 years ago

I remember that video. The real flying car is pretty awesome. I remember seeing things about flying cars on the discovery channel.

cuddle 5 years ago

One of these days I'll learn to proof any posting so I don't look like an illiterate dumb ass,

I meant the FAA!

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